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Food for thought

ILLUSTRATION FERNANDO SAFONT

In becoming the dietitian I am today I had to unlearn some reductionist thinking. There were a lot of hard truths to face. Listening to people’s stories of body shame, eating struggles and stigma made me realise that the drive to “weight-correction” was the problem – not the solution. It also dawned on me that any approach to health that ignored external social factors such as racism and income was missing something significant. A combination of personal experience, practice, desktop research, chance connections and travelling around the world has helped me figure out how to be a socially-aware dietitian. The approach I developed and use is called Well Now and it teaches health-gain and body respect for all. Compassion, connection and curiosity (critical thinking) are staple ingredients.

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