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In the present day’s journal article within the highlight is from non apart from Aussie Dietitian, Fiona Willer.

I imagine Fiona has (virtually) accomplished her PhD!  and the primary publication from her PhD was launched simply this 12 months.  It was a examine investigating Australian Dietitians’ beliefs and attitudes in direction of weight loss and Well being at Each Dimension ® (HAES) counselling when working with bigger bodied shoppers.

I used to be actually to learn this paper as in my function as Internships Coordinator within the Dietetic Program at Bond College, I’m trying to assist our medical supervisors to be taught extra about HAES ® .  The truth is, I commenced a analysis challenge on this in 2019 (keep tuned for extra!)

Weight-Impartial Apply and Dietitians in Australia

So we all know an increasing number of Dietitians and different well being professionals are utilizing a weight-neutral strategy of their work. A fast look on instagram will see many Dietitians establish themselves as being “Non-Food plan”  or “Anti-Food plan”.

And. If they don’t seem to be utilizing it, they’re definitely extra conscious of the idea. There are number of methods Dietitians could also be weight-neutral of their consumer counselling. For instance, merely not weighing somebody in consultations, conscious consuming and intuitive consuming methods and those who embody a extra weight-inclusive strategy underpinned by the ideas of HAES ® (trace  – take a look at the Affiliation for Dimension Variety and Well being to be taught extra about these).

Fiona’s examine concerned a survey with about 300 Australian Dietitians. One of many objects she explored was the variations between attitudes and data about weight-neutral follow of these Dietitians that want to make use of a HAES ® strategy with shoppers and those who want a standard weight-centric strategy.

You possibly can learn the paper right here.

One of many issues I discovered fascinating about this examine was that solely about 1/3 (36.9%) of these dietitians surveyed, had an correct understanding of HAES ® counselling.

“Particularly, it seems that 2/Three of the Dietitians surveyed will not be conscious HAES isn’t meant or suitable with weight loss objectives/counselling.”

It’s OK, we’re all studying, however Fiona’s examine highlights the necessity for added schooling {and professional} improvement for Australian Dietitians in understanding the nuances in HAES ® and the Non-Food plan Method. ⠀


When you’re new to this, here’s a fast overview on among the related phrases to get you began:

Time period



  • Related to conventional well being fashions of care
  • A deal with weight and/or weight loss when describing or pursuing well being and well-being


  • An intervention or remedy not meant to impact physique weight


  • Folks of all physique sizes are welcomed
  • A deal with viewing well being as multifactorial, bettering entry to well being care and decreasing weight stigma


Would you want additional data?

If you want to be taught extra about this space, listed here are a number of choices to get you began:

  1. The Affiliation for Dimension Variety and Well being
  2. Well being at Each Dimension Australia
  3. Weight Impartial Four Diabetes Care
  4. Well being Not Diets (consists of quite a lot of coaching packages by Fiona)
  5. Nicely Now (by Lucy Aphramor who co-wrote a fab ebook known as Physique Respect with Lindo Bacon)


Reference for the paper:

Willer, F., Hannan-Jones, M., & Strodl, E. (2019). Australian dietitians’ beliefs and attitudes in direction of weight loss counselling and well being at each dimension counselling for larger-bodied shoppers. Vitamin and Dietetics76(4). https://doi.org/10.1111/1747-0080.12519

* These definitions have been tailored from:
Tracy L. Tylka, Rachel A. Annunziato, Deb Burgard, et al., “The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Method to Well being: Evaluating the Proof for Prioritizing Nicely-Being over Weight Loss,” Journal of Weight problems, vol. 2014, Article ID 983495, 18 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/983495.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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