"Promoting Health Without Harming: Using Weight Inclusive Nutrition to Prevent Eating Disorders and Reduce Weight Stigma"
This talk will provide an overview of the relationship between weight stigma, disordered eating, and health. Dr. Sonneville will present findings of her own work on body satisfaction, weight perception, weight terminology, weight stigma, and disordered eating and will discuss the clinical and public health practice implications of this work. The talk will include examples of "weight normative" approaches to health promotion that are common in the nutrition field (both clinical and public health) and will include a discussion of the potential risks associated with these approaches. Dr. Sonneville will then introduce the concept of "weight inclusivity" as an alternative framework. The talk will end with a discussion of best practices related to preventing eating disorders and reducing weight stigma in health promotion efforts.
Dr. Sonneville is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Sonneville is a registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, and public health researcher whose research focuses on the prevention of eating disorders among children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Sonneville uses a weight-inclusive framework to study how to promote health and well-being without inadvertently increasing body dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and weight stigma.