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F23-207 Providing Weight-Inclusive Care: From Diet Culture and Weight Stigma to Health at Every Size®

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online |  700 Professional Growth & Development
Heather Clark, LPC, LCPC
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



The diet industry is a $72 billion industry. Our culture is obsessed with weight loss and idolizes thinness, often equating it to health, beauty, and morality. This westernized view of "health" has contributed to the alarming number of eating disorders across the world, with more than 28 million Americans alone struggling. Health At Every Size® (HAES) is a modern approach that challenges the "thin ideal" and offers an inclusive approach to the treatment and care of bodies at all sizes, providing insight into the idea that health is more than just a number.  


This webinar will explore diet culture’s influence on the healthcare industry today and how that influence has led to bias and harm, especially for those in larger bodies. Attendees will learn how to use the principles of HAES to identify their own biases around health and break down cultural stereotypes to move towards self-healing and body acceptance.  


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Heather Clark, LPC, LCPC (Clinical Director, Rock Recovery)

Heather Clark is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Approved Supervisor who specializes in treating disordered eating through a weight-inclusive lens. Her specialties include binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia, body dissatisfaction, chronic dieting, intuitive eating, and orthorexia. In addition to working with eating disorders, she also enjoys counseling those dealing with anxiety, self-worth, shame, self-compassion, and Christian spirituality/spiritual trauma. Heather is passionate about the Health At Every Size® philosophy and approach to work and life.  


Heather’s approach is rooted in respect for her clients' instinctive ways of surviving, while fostering a spirit of gentle, curious experimentation to find new, more sustainable ways to move forward. Heather is currently working towards becoming a Certified Body Trust Provider, which helps equip her to support folks journeying toward liberation with food and body, as well as a deep sense of being at home in their bodies.   

Agenda & Learning Objectives


 8:50 – 9:00 Registration/Log On  


9:00 – 10:30 Diet Culture and Weight Stigma 


10:30 – 10:45 Break 


10:45 – 12:15 HAES®  and Weight-Inclusive Care  


12:15 Questions & Adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Break down the myths of diet culture and understand its influence in society today.  

  • Understand the principles of Health at Every Size (HAES) and the positive benefits of HAES-informed care.  

  • Identify weight discrimination and personal bias to ensure inclusive, affirming practices through their work with clients.  

Bibliography & References



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Health at Every Size: Why It’s Not Anti-Health (March 2020). Retrieved March 07, 2023, from  


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Mensinger, J. L., Tylka, T. L., & Calamari, M. E. (2018). Mechanisms underlying weight status and healthcare avoidance in women: A study of weight stigma, body-related shame and guilt, and healthcare stress. Body image, 25, 139–147.  


Puhl, R. M., & Heuer, C. A. (2009). The stigma of obesity: a review and update. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 17(5), 941–964.  


Puhl, R.M., Latner, J.D., King, K.M. and Luedicke, J. (2014), Weight bias among professionals treating eating disorders: Attitudes about treatment and perceived patient outcomes. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 47: 65-75.  


Seruya, A. (2020, October 3). The impact of weight stigma on our mental health. Center For Discovery. Retrieved March 13, 2023, from  


Tylka, T. L., Annunziato, R. A., Burgard, D., Daníelsdóttir, S., Shuman, E., Davis, C., & Calogero, R. M. (2014). The weight-inclusive versus weight-normative approach to health: evaluating the evidence for prioritizing well-being over weight loss. Journal of obesity, 2014, 983495.  

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after 10/12/2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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