the Non-Diet Approach & Intuitive Eating research and resources

The Evidence Base

Whether you are a doctor, health professional or curious to understand the evidence base behind the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating, the below links are a great start!

Health Not Diets – The Non-Diet Approach for dietitians, psychologists and the public; training for dietitians and psychologists; registry of Non-Diet Approach dietitians

Weight Science – Evidence for a paradigm shift – challenging all the assumptions around weight loss, obesity and health

The Obesity Paradox – Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health

Why diets are not the answer – the overwhelming majority of dieters regain the weight within 5 years, with 1/3 to 2/3 regaining more weight 

Obesity Stigma: Important Considerations for Public Health – despite decades of science documenting weight stigma, its public health implications are widely ignored. Continuing to focus on obesity as the problem only adds to weight stigma.

Health At Every Size – learn about the HAES movement and explore a wealth of resources 

Dieting leads to weight gain

Adaptive thermogenesis in humans – why weight is regained

Intuitive eating is inversely associated with body weight status in the general population-based NutriNet-Santé study

The Weight of the Evidence: It’s time to stop telling fat people to become thin

Healthy Lifestyle Habits decrease mortality independent of body weight

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment – evidence that restricting calories damages both physical and psychological health and that it is the human condition to obsess over food when you’re not eating enough

the Non-Diet Approach dietitian

Also check out these fabulous books!

Beyond a Shadow of a Diet by Judith Matz LCSW and Ellen Frankel LCSW (written for therapists and a brilliant resource for all health professionals, especially dietitians)

These are all great reads for anyone who struggles with their eating or who has body weight concerns, as well as dietitians and other health professionals:

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD, Fiaedp, FADA

Embody – learning to love your unique body by Connie Sobczak

Health at every size – the surprising truth about your weight by Linda Bacon PhD

Body Respect by Linda Bacon PhD, Lucy Aphramor PhD, RD

Eat what you love, love what you eat by Michelle May MD

Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health by Glenn A. Gaesser

The Obesity Paradox  by Carl J. Lavie MD

Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter

Body of Truth: How Science, History & Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight – and What We Can Do about it, by Harriet Brown

Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr Anita Johnstonnon-diet approach

Bodies & Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach, a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and acclaimed writer

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