A hallmark of many eating disorder (ED) diagnosis is the fear of weight gain and pursuance of ED behaviours that lower body weight. Furthermore, many ED clients present as being ambivalent about change, especially in regards to changing their body weight. Weight restoration and re-feeding becomes very difficult for clinicians if the fear of weight gain and body changes are not addressed. This resource can be a useful tool for Dietitian’s to use when asking clients to make changes to their meal plan or ED behaviours that impact their weight.

This resource is also vital for any clinicians caring for individuals who are recovering from a lifetime of dieting and/or looking to improve their relationship with food. For too long, the Western ideal of beauty has reinforced thinness and low body weight as a measure of success and happiness. This resource serves as a tool to help clients, who are stuck in the diet mentality, recognize the costs pursing a body weight that is not congruent with their genetic set point. 

This 2-page non branded, printer friendly handout:

  • Supports behaviour change by using CBT and motivational interviewing tactics
  • Page One is an activity that can be completed in session and has the client analyze:
    • The benefits and costs of maintaining current ED/ disordered eating behaviours that suppress weight
    • The benefits and costs of changing ED/ disordered eating behaviours and reaching a healthy weight/ level of recovery
  • Page Two is a comparison of expectations and realities that challenge common weight loss and thinness ideals
      • This can be a fantastic resource to support talking points and psychoeducation

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This document is to be used as a tool in nutrition counselling or nutrition groups. The content is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Users are encouraged to advise their client to always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner for questions about their health or nutritional requirements. The author is not responsible for errors, omissions or individual usage. All materials are protected under copyright and are only intended for use by the sole individual or entity who purchased the resource.

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