Weight Stigma in Eating Disorder Treatment Settings: A Discussion on Identification & Reduction
Code S05 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
As the “fight against obesity” continues to gain momentum, unfortunately so do the unforeseen ill effects of weight stigma, and eating disorder (ED) treatment settings are not immune. Covert (and overt) weight stigma can permeate the treatment setting in clients’ internalized weight bias, in treating professionals’ own biases, in peer cohorts in treatment milieus, and even in our most trustworthy interventions. After exploring the research on the prevalence of weight bias among ED treatment professionals, we will pose questions about whether and how treatment interventions can inadvertently stigmatize people in larger bodies and will explore biases, including approaches that hierarchize (or ignore) differently sized bodies, that assume all individuals seeking treatment will/can/should be thin, and that reassure individuals seeking ED treatment that “you won’t get fat.” Together with the audience in a round table format, we will challenge biases that permeate ED treatment and will generate recommendations for reducing weight stigma/bias in such settings. Following the workshop, we will compile recommendations from the ANAD Conference attendees, in addition to attendees of other related conferences, for publication to disseminate the knowledge.
- Identify three ways ED treatment settings may contribute to weight bias.
- Identify three ED interventions that may inadvertently perpetuate fat phobia.
- Describe five recommendations for building strategies to reduce weight bias in ED treatment.
About the Presenters
Dr. Jen Henretty, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been in the therapeutic industry for 15 years, treating eating disorders in both adolescent and adult populations and in all levels-of-care. She has authored multiple publications, in such journals as the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Psychotherapy Research, Clinical Psychology Review, and the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and has functioned as an eating disorder subject expert on CBS radio, on the Dr. Phil television show, and for the LA Times newspaper. Passionate about size acceptance and the intersection of treatment and technology, Dr. Henretty is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS); co-created the Discovery In Recovery app; and has spoken at local, national, and international conferences. She serves as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp); is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED); and has practiced as an eating disorder therapist, Program Director, and the Director of Outcomes & Research for Center For Discovery.
Jamie is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for food, and is currently the Supervisor of Adult Dietary Programs at Center for Discovery. Since becoming a dietitian, she helps people meet their nutritional needs without losing sight of the social and emotional value of food. With a non-judgmental approach, Jamie helps people create a healthy relationship between food, mind, & body. Jamie has worked with all five levels of care and has spoken on the topic of eating disorders at the national and international level. Jamie has worked in this field since 2007, supporting clients where they are in recovery.