Patient-Centered Success: Bridging the Gap Between Eating Disorder and Obesity Clinicians


People who live in larger bodies often face weight bias and stigma, potent risk factors for the development of an eating disorder. Although eating disorders and obesity are conditions that can be intricately tied to each other, they are often treated as separate entities with little collaboration between dietitians. Bridging the gap between these practice areas provides patients the best chance at successful outcomes. This panel will define the gaps in care and provide practical tips for supporting patients who live in larger bodies. With collaborative, patient-centered care, dietitians can help patients achieve their health goals while addressing the overarching issues of weight bias and unrealistic societal standards of health and beauty.

Planned with the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group

Learning Objectives

Identify the biological and psychosocial risk factors for which registered dietitians can intervene to ensure the best physical and mental health outcomes for patient success

Describe the indications and various approaches to obesity treatment and how this can be optimized to screen for and prevent the development of eating disorders

Assist clinicians in the elimination of weight bias in the treatment of weight management and eating disorders

Performance Indicators

8.2 Applies current knowledge and skill in the management of a variety of diseases and clinical conditions

2.3 Collaborates with inter- and intra-professional team members to achieve common goals and to optimize delivery of services

10.2 Conducts a nutrition assessment to establish nutrition diagnoses, prescriptions, and care plans


Casey Flowers

Registered Dietitian

Morehouse School of Medicine

Michael Hilmar Wagner

Clinical Education Specialist

Accanto Health

Melinda Watman

Founder & President



Melissa Page

Senior Bariatric Dietitian

MaineHealth Weight and Wellness Program

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