SNR #267: Fiona Willer, AdvAPD - Health At Every Size, Non-Dieting & Weight-Neutral Approaches

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Fiona is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) and university lecturer in nutrition and dietetics. Her academic research areas are dietetic private practice benchmarking, interprofessional learning and HAES (Health At Every Size) integration into dietetics.

Fiona has close to a decade of academic work under her belt and has been employed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Central Queensland University (CQU) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

She will soon complete a PhD focusing on the clinical application of weight neutral approaches to weight concern in dietetics and it’s adoption into practice.

Fiona’s mission is to empower health professionals to adopt weight neutral practice by providing support and training in how and why to do so.

In This Episode We Discuss
  • Defining Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Weight neutral program vs. weight loss program
  • Benefits of non-diet approaches
  • Long-term data on dieting
  • Can obese patients still improve their health even if there is no weight loss?
  • Problems with basing health status on bodyweight and/or BMI
  • Striking the balance of knowing weight loss is beneficial with the potential that focusing solely on weight change can be contraindicated
  • Intuituve eating

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