Diets don’t work. So why do health providers continue to recommend weight loss?
Let’s face the truth: the mainstream framework of health is rooted in weight bias.
Thanks to Diet Culture, which tells us thin is better than fat, health providers are taught that we can understand someone’s health just by knowing their weight or size.
But larger bodies can be healthy, and a person’s weight is not a true indicator of health. People can be fat and healthy, while others are thin and unhealthy.
Correlation is not causation. Although research shows a relationship between being higher-weight and having various health conditions, there is no good evidence that those conditions are caused by the weight itself. More accurately, the stress of being judged as a larger body can do more harm than the actual weight.
More than 95% of people who lose weight through dieting will gain it back over time and their health and mental health will suffer long-term.
When we set people onto a never-ending quest for weight loss, we’re not actually helping them achieve health. We’re instilling them with eating disorders, disordered eating, and a lifetime of body dissatisfaction. We're perpetuating fatphobia, and actually making health worse.
If we truly care about promoting health, we need to stop shaming people for their weight or size, and take a more holistic, size-inclusive approach to treatment.
It’s not our fault that we were conditioned by a biased system, but it is our responsibility to learn the truth about weight, size and health.
I designed this course to help providers like you, who are ready to spread the anti-diet message.
I want you to have the knowledge and tools to explain to your clients (and colleagues) why health is not predicated on weight loss.
Busting the Diet Culture myths about weight will position you to better support your clients, and promote body acceptance at any size.
With a solid understanding of weight science, you’ll have the confidence to fight fatphobia and dismantle Diet Culture, both inside and outside of clinical settings.
In this course, you will:
Learn why efforts to maintain weight loss typically fail within a few years.
Explore the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to body size.
Dispel Diet Culture myths about weight, size, and health (including the myth that being higher-weight is inherently “unhealthy”).
Gain the knowledge to help your clients/patients reject Diet Culture messaging and pursue authentic health, at any size.
Learn through 4 in-depth video modules, optional text lessons, self-reflection activities, and quizzes at your own pace, from the comfort of your home
As a bonus, you will also receive:
A self-reflection worksheet and journaling prompts to help you uncover biases and process reactions to the material as you go along.
An exclusive downloadable Compassion Meditation to use in your own practice and share with your clients.
Downloadable PDF handout explaining Body Size Myths vs. Facts
Downloadable educational handouts to use in your clinical work and share with your clients/patients
Course completion certification
Priority access to future courses, including Intro to Intuitive Eating (launching Fall 2021)
LIFETIME access to all course content, and FREE access to any future updates to this course!
These materials and resources are the result of years of research, training, and education, summarized into an engaging, easy-to-absorb self-paced course.
Instead of doing hours upon hours of reading and research to catch up on the weight science, you can gain a strong knowledge base in a single afternoon. I’ve done the grunt work for you, so that in less than 90 minutes you can learn everything you need to know to begin challenging Diet Culture in healthcare
I’m Dr. Paula Freedman, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, educator, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor dedicated to dismantling Diet Culture and celebrating body diversity.
I write, teach, and consult about disordered eating recovery and rejecting Diet Culture. I’ve been a featured expert in the New York Times, Reebok, and have a regular series in Psychology Today.
Diet Culture harms all of us, but it’s especially harmful for those whose bodies are larger. As someone who lives in a body that isn’t discriminated against (having “thin privilege”), I’m aware that I will never understand what it’s like to experience the world in a higher-weight body. I work to be as strong of an ally as possible, and to introduce providers like you to the anti-diet movement so that you can then continue to learn from others in this space.
As health providers, we have a responsibility to think critically about the things we’ve been taught about weight and health, instead of making assumptions about the people we treat. I’m here to give you the full story about weight and health, so that you can confidently challenge fatphobia and weight stigma in healthcare settings.
Together we can reduce the harm we cause to higher-weight patients. Let’s make health and mental health safer and more welcoming for everybody, across the spectrum of weight and size.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Who is this course appropriate for?
Any health provider, but especially those in mental or behavioral healthcare, social work, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition science, and medicine. This course is designed as a companion to the flagship course, How to Treat Eating Disorders and Body Image. However, if you are already familiar with eating disorder diagnosis and treatment, and you are also familiar with the social construct of Diet Culture, this course can certainly be taken on its own. The course will help you grow as an anti-diet health professional. It’s also great for future clinicians and health providers-in-training (e.g., graduate students in psychology, counseling, or social work, medical students, dietetic students and interns, etc.)
Can I share my course registration with a colleague or friend?
Course enrollments cannot be shared. Once you enroll and payment is received, you will receive access to the full course content and will be assigned a unique username and password to log in. However, if you are part of a group or clinic and would like to inquire about discounts on bulk orders of the course, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to complete the course in a set period of time, or can I take as long as I want to complete it?
Once enrolled, you’ll have access to the course anytime of day or night, forever! You'll also get access to course updates in the future. You can complete it at your own pace, and can repeat sections if you’d like. It is recommended that you complete quizzes and activities shortly after their corresponding lessons, while the information is still fresh. However, if you decide to take breaks, you’ll be able to jump back in right where you left off!
Are discounts or reduced rates available?
You may receive a discount on Weight Science 101 if you have already enrolled in How to Treat Eating Disorders and Body Image. You may also select a payment plan option, which allows you to pay half up-front and the remaining half in 30 days. If you are a student or are unable to pay the full price, please feel free to contact email@example.com to inquire about a reduced rate, which may be available on a case-by-case basis.
Is this course appropriate for medical providers and professionals outside of the mental health field?
Yes. Although there is an emphasis on mental health, this course is relevant to health providers across disciplines, including mental and behavioral health, all areas of medicine, dietitians, naturopaths, physical therapists, and so forth. This course is also designed to be an entry point into size-inclusive healthcare and is great to build upon with the companion course, How to Treat Eating Disorders and Body Image, and with further education from educators and activists in the Health at Every Size movement.
Can I get continuing education credits for this course?
At this time, no continuing education credits are offered for this course. We are currently in the review process to obtain continuing education credits from several accrediting bodies. Your course enrollment includes lifetime access to all future updates of the course, so you may be able to obtain CE credits once approved. It is worthwhile to sign up now, while you can take advantage of the introductory pricing and begin using this valuable information and enjoying the resources included with the course!