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why don’t health care professionals know about non-diet, HAES or feeding dynamics?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Blog Posts |

Had a great time talking to the LPNs at their annual conference in Alexandria this week. Great questions from these dedicated health care professionals. I got to introduce some important topics like Division of Responsibility in Feeding, Health at Every Size, being careful about growth charts and labeling patients…

One woman astutely asked, “Is this in the curriculum in medical school? Patients are going to trust their doctors on this.”
Alas, the answer largely is “no,” health care providers aren’t getting the whole picture. There were huge chunks of data and information I was never exposed to in my training. Part of my mission is to spread the word to health care providers- at least expose them to another side of this complex story.
Here’s what one internist said after she heard me at a conference last year. Hearing Katja’s presentation was really eye-opening. In some ways, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. The ideas and evidence she presented are revolutionary and it is unfortunate that it is not taught in our medical training. I am working on incorporating some of these ideas into practice and doing my own study of the research. I feel it is helping my relationships with patients be more positive and encouraging and I feel I am better able to help them.” (Melissa, MD)

Then another nurse asked, “Why aren’t we learning this stuff?”
Still trying to answer that one…
What do you think? Why aren’t health professionals (I know a nutrition/public health grad student who has never heard of HAES or Satter’s work…) hearing about this stuff? Are you in health care? Were you exposed to these ideas?
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