Many Registered Dietitians (RD) have different perceptions of what a “healthy” weight is. Because of the diversity of counseling approaches, it is important to explore how RDs’ opinions on weight management influence how they counsel clients. This study sought to qualitatively investigate what RDs believe to be “healthy”, their opinions and approaches on weight control, and how their outlooks may affect how they counsel their patients on weight management. Ten RDs were recruited and interviews were analyzed for emerging themes. It was found that the RDs focused on making lifestyle changes when counseling clients on weight management, whether that is directed towards the goal of losing or maintaining weight. A majority of the RDs stressed the importance of individualized plans based on diet, physical activity, and behavioral strategies. However, RDs’ weight management approaches vary greatly as some endorse energy-restrictive dieting and others have adopted a “Health at Every Size” style.
|Commitee:||Gonitzke, Dariella, Grant-Holcomb, Arlene|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Counseling, Dietitian, Health at every size, Obesity, Weight management|
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