Food Is Not The Problem: How the messages we receive about food impacts our perceptions of our bodies, which in turn puts us and our children at a higher risk of disordered eating
Presented by Claire St. John MPH, RD
Wednesday, July 18th 12pm-1pm
The messages we receive about food impacts the way we talk and think about ourselves, putting us – and our children – at greater risk of disordered eating. This Webinar will explore the origins of food as a modern moral compass and how we use it to assess the worthiness and value of ourselves and each other, impacting our body image and our ability to feel comfortable eating what we please.
In this 1-CE Webinar, Claire St John, MPH, RD will review:
1. The history of the concept “you are what you eat”
2. The role of advertising in linking food to morality
3. How food morality impacts our understanding of our own and others’ body image
4. Methods for identifying these beliefs in our clients
5. Steps for addressing negative body image by neutralizing our attitudes toward food
Learning Objectives: This Webinar is designed to help participants:
1. Identify food morality in advertising and other cultural messages
2. Identify food morality in clients
3. Apply information when counseling clients about food fears, body image, eating disorder or weight management issues that food does not make one good or bad.
Claire St John, MPH, RD, Outcomes and Research Manager at Reasons Eating Disorder Center, brings compassion and understanding to her nutritional counseling practice. Claire has worked with men, women and children suffering from eating disorders at all levels of care, leading guided meals, family meals, restaurant and snack outings, nutrition groups and multi-family nutrition groups. She has helped launch two eating disorder programs and developed an internship program for aspiring Registered Dietitians. With a dynamic understanding of eating disorders and how they impact individuals and families, Claire is passionate about repairing broken relationships with food.
Claire holds a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University, and after completing rotations at Eisenhower Medical Center, passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Working with eating disordered clients from the outset, she has developed a method of practice that includes exposure response therapy, motivational interviewing and compassionate understanding paired with firm encouragement.
Helping people reconnect with food and normalize their eating patterns is the most rewarding part of working with eating disordered patients for Claire. Encouraging people to make peace with food and their bodies, enjoy meals with loved ones and move through the world without fear is why Claire chose the field of eating disorders.
She enjoys learning about her clients’ passions — what they’re reading, what they’re studying in school and what their hobbies are, taking a whole-person approach to treatment.
To register to join this complimentary webinar, please sign up by clicking the link below:
*Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 4162, for Margaret Minnick contact hours.
*All participants, who attend this live webinar will receive a certificate of attendance, upon completion.