Improving Obesity Nutrition Care Through Recognition of the Lived Experience
Is what you don’t know about living with obesity preventing you from providing optimal and culturally competent care? Patient-centered care, shared decision making, weight bias and stigma–these terms have been in the fore-front of obesity treatment and care. What’s missing is the perspective of those living with obesity: the lived experience. Prepare to have your belief system challenged as you hear from individuals from diverse backgrounds who will share what it is really like to live with obesity and, even more importantly, why some of the nutrition information and guidance they receive completely misses the mark (and why some is spot on). This candid feedback will enable attendees to reflect on ideas for stronger provider-patient relationships that foster mutually agreed upon goals and pathways to improved care. Come with an open mind; leave with tools to take your counseling to a new level as you better connect with clients.
- Identify examples of how patient care has been impacted by bias, stigma, and policies that result in inequality and reduced health care quality.
- Contrast the recommendations those living with obesity received from dietitians and other health professionals with their reality and ability to make suggested behavioral and lifestyle changes.
- Revise approaches to counseling and communication to ensure the voice of the individual and their beliefs and goals are the foundation of nutrition goals and recommendations.
- 4.2.2 Reflects on own values, beliefs and biases.
- 8.2.3 Implements individualized services to reflect customer-centered approach as it pertains to the customers physical, social, cultural, institutional and economic environment.
- 9.4.2 Selects and uses appropriate content and teaching methods to meet individual and group needs.
Nicole Brown, MS RDN LD
For the Health of It!
Nikki Massie, MA
Deputy Director, Digital Marketing
Patricia Nece, JD
Counsel for Regulations and Legislation
U.S. Department of Labor
Obesity Action Coalition