Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet Tomiyama
Diets Don’t Work!
Code S01 :: Keynote Presentation :: 1.50 CE hours
Nationally representative data show that over half of the population of the United States is trying to lose weight. Most of those people are dieting to do so. But does dieting, defined here as cutting calories in order to lose weight, actually work? This presentation will focus on the science of dieting, beginning with studies that examine the long-term effects of dieting and ending with science-based alternatives to dieting in order to achieve health. The presentation will cover research on reasons why dieting might fail, the important role of stress in dieting and unhealthy eating, and the negative effects of anti-fat bias and weight stigma.
- Evaluate the scientific evidence of dieting success.
- Identify key mechanisms through which dieting fails.
- Understand the physical and psychological effects of weight stigma.
About Dr. Janet Tomiyama, Assistant Professor, UCLA
Dr. Janet Tomiyama was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley sites. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology with minors in Health and Quantitative Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2009 and her BA in 2001 from Cornell University where she majored in Social, Personality, and Abnormal Psychology. Her work, which has been recognized by the Society for Behavioral Medicine Early Career Award among others, focuses on the biobehavioral consequences of stress, dieting, and weight stigma.