Be Wary of Providers Advertising Eating Disorder Treatment and Weight Loss Services

Be wary of providers advertising eating disorder treatment and weight loss services

What’s wrong with posting about NEDA week and your treatment of eating disorders and also posting before and after weight loss pictures of your clients on your company Facebook page? (True story- I just wanted to vent about it)
A lot!
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight. Nothing! You are not bad if you want to lose weight or you’ve lost weight.
But professionals who say they’re treating eating disorders should 100% not be prescribing behaviors for larger bodied people that are diagnosed as eating disorders in smaller bodied people. That is to say prescribing starvation diets and obsessive behaviors to people just to get them to lose a few pounds that are likely to come back anyway is not ethical or evidence based care.
When seeking out providers for your eating disorder treatment such as a dietitian, therapist, and doctor, pay attention to whether their marketing material or website includes information on weight loss, “obesity”, or weight management. And best to steer clear of them and seek out providers who are HAES practitioners and weight inclusive.

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Published by Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT

Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving the Long Island, New York City, and New York State areas helping clients with eating disorders and disordered eating recover their relationship with food and their body. She utilizes a Health at Every Size® approach and supports Intuitive Eating and knows that while she is the food and nutrition expert, you are the expert of your body and life.

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