432. Debate: A Conversation on Weight Management and Health at Every Size-001-11-30T00:00:00+00:00

432. Debate: A Conversation on Weight Management and Health at Every Size®

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Hall D
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141547

Recent conversations on obesity, calorie control and weight management in the news, on social media, and among nutrition professionals have reflected a growing breadth and complexity in approaches to health and weight. The potential health impacts of weight loss, the right diet to achieve an individual’s goal, Health at Every Size® (HAES®), disordered eating, and weight stigma, among other topics, indicate divergent approaches to weight. Where do these approaches align? How might they conflict? What obligations do nutrition professionals have when addressing weight management approaches within the context of the Academy’s Code of Ethics? This session, presented in debate format, will provide an opportunity to hear the body of evidence behind two practice methods, calorie control and HAES, along with perspective on the concept of health and the role of the RDN in achieving health via each method. The session will close with identifying resource’s that exist for RDNs to use in practice for weight management.

Planned with the Weight Management DPG

Learning Objectives:

  • Define “health” as viewed by each practice method
  • Identify the expected “health” outcomes for each practice method
  • Outline the body of evidence for each practice method for achieving expected “health” outcomes

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5370 – Weight management, obesity (disease/disorder)
  • 5410 – Client protocols, clinical guidelines (nutritional care)
  • 5420 – Complimentary care, alternative therapies (nutritional care)

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.2.2 Identifies the knowledge and skills required to provide service.
  • 10.2.9 In collaboration with the client and interdisciplinary team (including NDTRs), selects and implements current and evidence-based nutrition interventions and patient education.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN

    University of Tennessee

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN

    Food Psych Programs, Inc.

  • Robert Kushner, MD, MS

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine