Gender-affirming Nutrition in Sports: Providing Excellent Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals


Dietetics practitioners can provide excellent care for transgender and gender diverse individuals. This session will address benefits and common barriers to physical activity and sport participation, including eating disorders and body dysmorphia, among the transgender community, different ways in which a client may transition, the effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy on body weight, composition, and energy needs, and the role of nutrition professionals as allies for their transgender clients, students, and colleagues. Attendees will learn about the role of nutrition care throughout transition from a leading researcher in the field as well as a dietetic intern and a registered nurse with lived experience in the transgender community.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives

List at least three benefits and potential challenges related to physical activity, sport participation, and nutrition that transgender and gender diverse individuals may experience.

Describe the anticipated effects of masculinizing and feminizing hormone therapy on total body weight, body fat, muscle mass and strength, and energy needs.

Discuss at least one way that nutrition professionals can be allies for their transgender and gender diverse clients, students, and colleagues.


Bari Glassman

Graduate Student/Sales Lead

Immaculata University /The Vitamin Shoppe

Whitney Linsenmeyer

Assistant Professor

Saint Louis University

Lukas Neafsey

University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz

Oncology Staff Nurse


Whitney Linsenmeyer

Assistant Professor

Saint Louis University

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