19 episodes

Mainstream weight science is built upon a plethora of assumptions. We now know that many of these assumptions about human body weight and health are flawed. I'll help you learn how to interpret weight-centric research for yourself, bust myths about body weight and health, and I'll present to you weight neutral research and discuss relevant content (including Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and The Non-Diet Approach). To claim it as professional development see www.UnpackingWeightScience.com.

Unpacking Weight Science Fiona Willer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

Mainstream weight science is built upon a plethora of assumptions. We now know that many of these assumptions about human body weight and health are flawed. I'll help you learn how to interpret weight-centric research for yourself, bust myths about body weight and health, and I'll present to you weight neutral research and discuss relevant content (including Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and The Non-Diet Approach). To claim it as professional development see www.UnpackingWeightScience.com.

    Ep 18: 'Obesity': Unpacking 'risk' vs 'disease'

    Ep 18: 'Obesity': Unpacking 'risk' vs 'disease'

    This episode delves into the definition(s) of 'disease' and 'risk factor' and how body size has come to be understood by various 'body size stakeholders'.  At its core, the question is, is being fat the same as being sick? And can telling someone that they’re sick, even when they’re not, actually make them sick?
    Learning goals:
    · Identify the differences and similarities of a risk factor vs a disease state 
    · Appreciate the historical, political and financial context of the decision of some to deem BMI>30kg/m2 a ‘diseased’ status 
    · Understand the consequences of using the label ‘obesity’ and it’s classification as a ‘disease’
     
    For professional development:
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 30 min
    Ep 17 Dieting, Illness and Malnutrition at Every Size

    Ep 17 Dieting, Illness and Malnutrition at Every Size

    Malnutrition is a condition that has both short-term and long lasting consequences. In this episode I unpack the science of malnutrition, it’s signs and symptoms and as always, how our intentional weight loss focus results in dangerous malnutrition invisibility.
    Learning goals:
    • Recognise the hallmark signs of undernutrition across the weight span
    • Identify the risks associated with undernutrition across the lifespan
    • Appreciate the differences in consensus statement development methodology – literature review versus Delphi method
    Enjoy!
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 30 min
    Ep 16 Dietary Quality: Measurement, Magnitude and Meaning

    Ep 16 Dietary Quality: Measurement, Magnitude and Meaning

    In recent years nutrition research has moved from a focus on nutrients to a focus on foods and eating patterns. Dietary quality broadly refers to the variety of foods in someone’s usual eating habits. In this episode I’ll be bringing you up to date on the current state of play with this kind of research, how impactful dietary quality is on health outcomes, and how you can use it and measure it in your practice. 
    Learning goals:
    · Appreciate some of the methods used to try to quantify and analyse the way free-living humans eat
    · Understand the concept of dietary quality and the types of measurement tools used to capture the construct
    · Identify the associations between dietary quality, immediate, proximal and distal outcomes, BMI and mortality
    Enjoy!
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 23 min
    Ep 15: When is a diet not a diet? Size Inclusivity and Medical Nutrition Therapy

    Ep 15: When is a diet not a diet? Size Inclusivity and Medical Nutrition Therapy

    Dietitians and nutrition professionals can feel like the ‘nutrition baby’ is being thrown out with the ‘diet bathwater’ when learning about size inclusivity (eg the Non-Diet Approach, HAES and Intuitive Eating).  Many wonder... if I can’t tell people what to eat, what is left? Is there any point to dietitians? Do I just forget all my medical nutrition therapy knowledge? This existential crisis is a consequence of nutrition-related professions identifying with their key expertise being in weight management. This episode sorts the ‘therapeutic wheat’ from the ‘fatphobic chaff’ to offer an alternative perspective on your professional identity.  
    Learning goals:
    - Recognise the different meanings of the terms ‘diet’ and ‘dietary pattern’ and their common and technical uses
    - Identify the therapeutic nutrition elements in size inclusive approaches (eg Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating and the Non-Diet Approach frameworks), and their centring around ‘feel-good’ eating
    - Differentiate between internal vs external motivation and their application in weight-neutral practice 
    Enjoy!
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 23 min
    Ep 14 Measuring Intuitive Eating: Why, How and When

    Ep 14 Measuring Intuitive Eating: Why, How and When

    This episode covers the development of the Intuitive Eating Scale, and it’s follow-up, the Intuitive Eating Scale 2 (IES2).  I talk about the different aspects of eating behaviour that it captures, research that it’s been used in and how you might like to use it in your clinical practice or research.
    Learning goals:
    • Understand the terms ‘validity’ and ‘reliability’ in relation to psychometric measurement instruments 
    • Appreciate the constructs measured with the Intuitive Eating Scale 2 including dietary restraint, emotional eating and the IES2 subscales
    • Understand the application of the Intuitive Eating Scale 2 in clinical practice
    I hope you find it useful :-)
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 28 min
    Ep 13 Size Inclusivity and Diffusion of Innovations Theory

    Ep 13 Size Inclusivity and Diffusion of Innovations Theory

    One of my favourite theories of social science is the Diffusion of Innovations theory. It so beautifully explains how new ideas spread through social groups and populations. The adoption of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size by individuals and by health and counselling professionals has followed the predictable patterns laid out in this theory. This episode I’ll be running through these characteristics and importantly, showing you how you can recognise where someone is on their path towards size inclusivity and how you can most effectively nudge them towards decision-making.
    Learning goals:
    - Identify the adopter characteristics as described in the Roger’s Diffusion of innovation theory 
    - Identify the innovation characteristics which contribute to the adoption decision process 
    - Recognise the cues for adopter categories and innovation characteristics which increase the likelihood of adoption of size inclusive approaches. 
    Enjoy!
    To turn this episode into professional development with a Certificate of Completion, head to the Health Not Diets Pod Course homepage.
    For courses, coaching, consulting and community in Size Inclusive Approaches, see www.healthnotdiets.com and www.unpackingweightscience.com 

    • 27 min

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