Body Image and Cultural Compassion: Reimagining Nutrition Intervention

Body Image and Cultural Compassion: Reimagining Nutrition Intervention

Sunday, October 17
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 165060

Culture is often used as all-encompassing term, but its roots are complex. Culture is molded by ethnicity, heritage, geographic location, socioeconomic status, social and familial connections, language, health risk factors, and so much more. Our bodies are often also a reflection of our culture. In some cultures, thinness is revered, while in others, curvy physiques for women and larger girth for men is revered.

To what extent does culture influence body image and, consequently, biases based on those images? For the nutrition professional, this information can impact approaches to care. By identifying and correcting biases, RDNs can set reasonable expectations and enhance patient/client outcomes. This session aims to find ways RDNs can bridge some of these cultural gaps to find success for both practitioner and patient.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the limitations of healthcare assessment and treatment responses to evidence- based modalities when those responses lack cultural consideration.
  • Discern how body image varies by culture and the impact of those variations on health and health interventions.
  • Demonstrate approaches to interventions, programs and messaging that reflect heightened cultural awareness.

Performance Indicators:

  • 10.1.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable screening tool(s) to obtain and verify relevant data in support of nutrition assessment.
  • 8.2.3 Implements individualized services to reflect customer-centered approach as it pertains to the customers physical, social, cultural, institutional and economic environment.
  • 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.

    Moderator(s)

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    Colleen Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, CSOWM, LDN

    Senior Research Investigator

    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

  • Speaker(s)

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    Fatima Cody, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS

    Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist

    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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    Delores James, RDN

    Associate Professor

    University of Florida