Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Extreme and Unique Practice of Permission, Acceptance, and Social Justice: The Evidence for Health at Every Size Approaches in Nutrition Therapy

Sunday, May 5th
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session Abstract:

Diets don't work...or do they? Dietitians are on the front lines to prevent and treat eating disordered eating by moving people away from diets and giving them permission to eat all foods. But what if a client is living in a very large body? Is that a problem we dietitians need to help fix? Where is the line where we promote body acceptance and push tough love? This presentation will use the speaker's personal mistakes to help attendees find their own firm footing in their nutrition therapy. Specifically, attendees will gather ways to stop the harm, promote healing, and advocate for change within health and medical care. 


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will name key physiological reasons why pursuing weight loss is not health promoting in the long term.
  2. Attendees will name 3 ways to promote health long term using weight inclusive Heath at Every Size® approaches.
  3. Attendees will begin to gather tools to advocate for social change as it relates to size diversity, size acceptance, and access to adequate and dignified health care.


Julie Duffy Dillon, MS, RD, NCC, LDN, CEDRD

Julie Duffy Dillon is a Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. She is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to use weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies. She owns central North Carolina's group nutrition private practice and premier source of eating disorder treatment and prevention, BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy. Julie also produces and hosts the weekly podcast, Love Food. Learn more at