ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Course #5: Disorder in Disguise: Recognizing the Need for Change...

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Disorder in Disguise: Recognizing the Need for Change When Common Diet Trends Cause Harm

By Leslie P. Schilling, MA, RDN, CSSD, CSCS

Common dieting trends can land our clients and practices in dangerous waters. Recognizing these trends and helping our clients embrace sustainable health behaviors can reduce the harmful effects of weight loss dieting and rigid eating trends. By evaluating our own beliefs around weight and dieting strategies, we can evolve our practices to be more accepting of those seeking health and fitness guidance, regardless of their weight or body size. A non-diet, weight neutral approach removes the focus on weight and allows clients to focus on health-promoting activities instead.


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Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the reader will be able to:

  • Identify common diet and weight control behaviors that may cause harm.
  • Recognize weight stigma and bias as well as their influence on clients and professional practice.
  • Start incorporating nondiet and weight-neutral approaches to guide clients toward sustainable health behaviors.

Keywords: Dieting, Disordered Eating, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Stigma and Bias, Weight-Neutral Practice


Course Content

ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Article #5
ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Test #5