A series of conversations about all things nutrition-related for parents or caregivers of toddlers, teens and everyone in between.
How to Challenge Weight Stigma with Dr. Fiona Willer
Anna Mackay and Anna Lutz have a conversation with Dr. Fiona Willer, an Australian advanced practice dietitian, academic, advocate, educator and organizational consultant on a mission to make the health sector a safe and inclusive place for larger-bodied people.
How Fiona decided to transition from being a weight-centric to a weight-inclusive practitioner, and how that affected her choices as an academic. The prevalence of weight stigma and weight bias in healthcare settings, and how this affects the decisions made by healthcare practitioners when treating patients. The commonly held belief that losing weight will make someone a better person somehow and the ways we can push back against this idea. What the research tells us with regards to weight science. The ways we can effectively communicate weight-inclusive messaging to healthcare practitioners. Strategies for parents to manage negative messaging about weight and bodies. Links:
Support the Podcast -- Virtual “Tip Jar”! Fiona Willer Health Not Diets Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition https://thirdwheeled.com/ https://m8.design/ https://www.sonics.io/ Dr Fiona Willer (AdvAPD, PhD, FHEA, GAICD) is an Australian dietitian, academic, educator, non-executive board director and health advocate with a career straddling higher education and the nonprofit and private sectors. She is a long-standing lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology and is affiliated for research activities with the Healthy Primary Care team at Griffith University's Menzies Health Institute. Fiona's areas of expertise include the relationships between weight stigma, health consciousness, body appreciation and dietary quality, and the integration of inclusive weight-neutral lifestyle approaches (including Health at Every Size®) into healthcare practice and policy. Her business, Health, Not Diets, provides organisational consultancy and professional development resources for inclusive, weight-neutral healthcare practice and will be celebrating 10 years of advocacy in 2023. She is also proud to be the creator of the innovative Unpacking Weight Science professional development podcast. Fiona currently serves on the board of Dietitians Australia and has previously served on the boards of HAES Australia and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) in the USA.
Parent Letters for Diet-Free Schools with Johanna Kandel and McCall Dempsey
Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport have a conversation with Johanna Kandel, founder and CEO of the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and McCall Dempsey, founder and director of Southern Smash. Sunny Side Up Nutrition and the Alliance teamed up to create five parent letters that can be customized and downloaded as a tool for advocacy when diet culture shows up in schools.
The pervasiveness of diet culture and how it shows up in schools. Where the idea for the five letters originated. The contents of each letter: Introductory Letter to Your Child’s Teacher Letter regarding School Weigh-Ins Letter regarding a Harmful School Assignment with Diet Culture Letter regarding Food Police in the School Cafeteria Letter requesting your Child Opt-Out of An Assignment Specific examples of when a parent may use these letters to advocate for diet-free schools. Resources for parents available from the National Alliance for Eating Disorders. Links:
Support the Podcast -- Virtual “Tip Jar”! Link to Letters on SSUN Website National Alliance for Eating Disorders Johanna Kandel McCall Dempsey Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition https://thirdwheeled.com/ https://m8.design/ https://www.sonics.io/ Johanna Kandel is the immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition, member of the Academy for Eating Disorders Advisory Board, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and a member of the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit. She is an active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Month. She has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service© and Harlequin Enterprises' More Than Words Award. Johanna has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and profiled in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Glamour Magazine. Johanna's book, Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder, was released by Harlequin Nonfiction in September of 2010. Success to Johanna means helping even one person avoid traveling down the same road she did and continuing to use her voice in the fight against eating disorders.
McCall Dempsey is a writer, speaker and founder of Southern Smash, a program of the National Alliance for Eating Disorders. McCall is an eating disorder survivor and passionate recovery advocate.
Opting Out of Diet Culture’s Pre- and Postpartum Pressures with Shreen El Masry
Anna Mackay and Elizabeth Davenport have a conversation with Shreen El Masry, a body inclusive Personal Trainer and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, about the enormous pressure mothers often feel to shrink their bodies after giving birth in order to conform to unrealistic and harmful standards. Shreen is also the author of a recently published book called Be You Be Free: Your 12-Step Body Positivity Plan.
How struggling with an eating disorder in her 20’s inspired Shreen to change careers and become a personal trainer and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. The unique brand of diet culture that targets expecting mothers, and parents in general. Strategies to deal with weight stigma in the doctor's office during pregnancy and postpartum health checks (hint: you do not need to be weighed!). How excessive exercise and dietary restriction is normalized, and even celebrated in our culture, and the ways in which this is problematic. Strategies for parents, particularly new mothers who are going through the postpartum period, can push back against the onslaught of diet advice and messages like “getting your pre-baby body back”. Advice for parents about modeling healthy behaviors as their kids grow up. Links:
Support the Podcast -- Virtual “Tip Jar”! Be You Be Free Website Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition https://thirdwheeled.com/ https://m8.design/ https://www.sonics.io/ Shreen El Masry is a Body Inclusive Personal Trainer and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Shreen is the founder of the Be You Be Free community where she helps people all around the world break free from dieting and make peace with food, exercise, and their bodies so they can start living the joyous, purposeful, and fulfilled lives that they deserve.
The Benefits of Bringing Yoga into School Classrooms with Brigitte Pollio
Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport have a conversation with Brigitte Pollio, a yoga teacher who trains both kids and school teachers, about the ways in which yoga can be used to connect body, mind and spirit, which is beneficial for everyone, but especially children.
The benefits of yoga for children. The link between yoga, the nervous system and self-regulation. How yoga can promote and preserve positive body image in kids. The benefit of incorporating yoga into school classrooms, and the positive effects it has on teachers. Things classroom teachers need to be aware of before introducing yoga to their students. Ways parents can use yoga, breathing practices, and meditation at home with kids. Links:
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Helping Your Child Transition From Home to University with Alison Crossley
Anna Lutz and Elizabeth Davenport have a conversation with Alison Crossley, a Registered Dietitian, about the transition from living at home to living away at university (or college, or boarding school!), and the unique challenges faced by students when it comes to fueling themselves once they leave home.
The many challenges college students face when it comes to food selection in food outlets on campus. Recommendations for dealing with external cues, like calorie counts on food items. How to manage harmful diet culture messaging like the “freshman 15”. How parents can support their teens as they prepare to go away to college. The importance for college students to eat an adequate amount of food to fuel their bodies and brains. The role finances play in food selection both on and off campus. Links:
Support the Podcast -- Virtual “Tip Jar”! Alison on Pinney Davenport Nutrition Website Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition https://thirdwheeled.com/ https://m8.design/ https://www.sonics.io/ Alison Crossley is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and sports nutrition. Alison received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship through Simmons College in Boston, MA. Alison has professional experience specific to treating clients with eating disorders at multiple levels of care, including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. As a former collegiate rower, she also draws from her personal experience when treating athletes.
Eating Disorders and Athletes with Shane Jeffrey
Anna Mackay and Anna Lutz have a conversation with Shane Jeffrey, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Coach, about eating disorders in the sports world, and the slippery slope that disordered eating behaviors can be for both elite level athletes, as well as recreational athletes.
Some behaviors that might alert family members, teammates, or coaches that an athlete is struggling. Common misconceptions around young athletes with regards to weight, body shape, fitness levels, and food intake. The importance of having conversations about changes in bodies, particularly as kids go through puberty. The unique skill set a dietitian has that makes them a valuable part of a treatment team. The role of parents, caregivers and family members in the treatment and recovery process. Tips for family members, friends, or teammates of someone struggling that might help them avoid colluding with the eating disorder. Links:
Support the Podcast -- Virtual “Tip Jar”! River Oak Health Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy Pinney Davenport Nutrition https://thirdwheeled.com/ https://m8.design/ https://www.sonics.io/ Shane Jeffrey is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, an Accredited Sports Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 25 years experience in the field of eating disorders and is the founder and clinical director at River Oak Health, based in Brisbane, Australia. Shane is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Enhanced (CBT-E), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Based Treatment (Maudsley Method) (FBT), Health at Every Size ® (HAES®), Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Anna and Elizabeth of Sunnyside Up Nutrition are calm, wise, voices of reason in the swirl of child feeding and nutrition advice. They marry their extensive nutrition expertise as dietitians with combined decades of experience with real-life, sensible perspectives on parenting and feeding in real life, from toddlers to teens. I especially love the simple meal ideas and recipes that are easy to prepare and appealing to the whole family.
Loved Ana Homayouns discussion on social media wellness and teens. Such an important topic in today’s world and inextricably tied in to total wellness!
Go great cup to have such important foundational content! Thank you for this work!