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November 7, 2014

Body Respect: Navigating Weight Concerns in Clinical Practice

A Professional Workshop facilitated by Linda Bacon, PhD

 A three-hour training for primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurses, specialists, dietitians, psychologists and other health and mental health providers.

* Registration is NOW OPEN *


Amidst the backdrop of a national obsession with weight loss, it is not surprising weight has become a central concern in the exam room and a source of anxiety for many patients and families.  As a health care provider, you’ve been well-schooled in weight concerns. You Linda-Bacon-PhDknow the conventional ideas about using BMI for diagnosis, recommending dietary monitoring and control, and the value of weight loss in treating and preventing disease.  But are you feeling confident that the status quo response to weight concerns is effective? Perhaps you’re noticing, despite all the attention to weight, patients aren’t getting thinner, and you’re aware of the well-established finding that only a tiny percentage of people maintain weight loss over the long term. Maybe you’ve noticed the negative consequences, with patients becoming increasingly preoccupied with food and weight, and disordered eating behaviors on the rise.

How do we reconcile these challenges?  How can we address weight, among patients of all sizes and ages, in ways that are compassionate, evidence-based, effective, and, most importantly, do no harm?

In this provocative workshop, Dr. Bacon challenges the assumptions of a health agenda based on thinness as a goal and dietary control as the answer.   With abundant research and clinical wisdom, she offers an alternative path for health professionals to address weight more effectively and empower patients – of all sizes - to live healthier lives.


  1. Identify and critically evaluate concerns regarding the ethics and efficacy of a weight-based approach to health improvement.
  2. Interpret data regarding the relationship between weight and health.
  3. Explain the science of weight regulation and the dysregulation imposed by dieting.
  4. Outline alternative strategies to enhance health and well-being for diverse patients.


Friday, November 7, 2014

8:30 - 9:00 AM  -  Registration & Coffee
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  - 3 hour Workshop
12:00 - 12:30 PM - Book Signing / Meet-and-Greet with Linda Bacon, PhD 


The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
6501 North Charles Street

Towson, MD 21204


$60.00 - Standard registration fee includes 1) All program materials, 2) copy of Dr. Bacon's book, "Body Respect", 3) three continuing education credits and 4) morning refreshments

*Registration fee goes up to $75 after October 24th.

Two options for registration:

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This event has been approved for 3.0 continuing education credits for physicians, psychologists, social workers, LCPCs and registered dietitians.


PLEASE NOTE that our Gatehouse Drive/Charles Street entrance is closed for construction.  Please enter campus via Osler Drive. Additional directions can be found here.

For those traveling from out-of-town, we recommend the following hotels. Please indicate your involvement in the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Symposium to receive a discounted  rate when available.  Discounted rooms are limited and will sell out quickly.

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel: 903 Dulaney Valley Rd. | Towson, MD | 21204
(410) 321-7400

North Baltimore Plaza Hotel: 2004 Greenspring Drive | Timonium, MD | 21093
(410) 252-7373


For questions about this event, please call (410) 427-3886 or email

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Dr. Linda Bacon is a professor, researcher, and the author of the groundbreaking book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About your Weight. Dr. Bacon combines academic expertise and compassionate clinical experience to bring together scientific research and practical application. She shifts the focus from WEIGHT to WELL-BEING, giving doctors, dietitians, therapists, and people of all shapes the tools for achieving better fitness, health and even happiness – all without dieting.

Linda is co-author with Dr. Lucy Aphramore on the groundbreaking peer-reviewed study, Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift, that has up-ended conventional thinking in weight-loss research. Their newest book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health, and will be followed shortly by Eat Well: For Your Self, For the World, rebooting nutrition education.

Dr. Bacon’s multi-disciplinary training includes graduate degrees in physiology (specializing in nutrition), psychology, and exercise science. She is committed to furthering social justice and education about the scientific evidence that underlies our understanding of weight.

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