Science Amidst Stigma: Carving New Lines in Setting and Supporting Recovery Weight Goals

More often than not, marked distress accompanies conversations about weight and weight goals, not only when speaking with clients, but also with their support systems and practitioners. Care team members, specifically registered dietitians/nutritionists and nurses, must exercise patience, utilize science, and believe in the wisdom of the client’s body – its ability to heal and to land at weight needed for physical and psychological recovery. Clients cannot trust their own body to heal if we do not trust their body to heal. The overall aim of this presentation is to help attendees navigate the challenges when determining target weights, discussing this with clients, and educating supports/loved ones.