The Mindful Dietitian

From Weight Centric to Weight Inclusive with Vincci Tsui

August 9, 2018

Vincci Tsui on transitioning from weight-centric to weight-inclusive care, the co-opting of HAES and Non Diet language and why we find it so hard to communicate in the face of weight bias & stigma.

 

Vincci shares her current work space, how therapeutic diets can become problematic, the factors that led to and experience working in a bariatric clinic, the issues with weight-centred health professionals ‘co-opting’ the non-diet/HAES language, transitioning to a non-diet/HAES model, acknowledging privilege and ‘bringing yourself into the room’ while with clients and why collaboration between HAES/non-diet and ‘obesity prevention’ professionals is so hard.

Here Vincci shares with us:

  • Her current work space; both private and clinical, and the welcomed new inclusion of Gastrointestinal (GI) patients.
  • The misconceptions of FODMAP, how therapeutic diets can become problematic and how we, as clinicians, can contribute to this.
  • The factors that led Vincci to work in a bariatric clinic and her experience working within this weight centric model.
  • The issue with weight-centred health professionals ‘co-opting’ the non-diet/HAES language.
  • Transitioning to a non-diet/HAES model and the resources/people which helped guide her on her journey.
  • The importance of acknowledging privilege and ‘bringing yourself into the room’ to provide a richer experience for clients; ‘we cannot remain neutral!’.   
  • Attending the ASDAH conference in August.
  • Collaboration between HAES/non-diet and ‘obesity prevention’ professionals - why it is so difficult (For more on this topic check out Vincci’s most recent blog post; ‘Let’s talk about Weight Bias and Stigma’.)
  • Why we need to go deeper than the ‘palatable’ stuff, be conscious of our language and not always be nice and restrain ourselves.
  • And something you may not have known about Fi (The Mindful Dietitian)!

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