The sixth installment in our free, winter-long Wellness Series takes place on Thursday, February 18th at 6pm. Presentations by alternative and holistic healthcare practitioners from our community are designed to empower and educate the medical professionals, healers and helpers in our community so that our community thrives as a whole.
Helping Without Harming: How Obesity Interventions May Fail to Support Our Patients
Most health care providers are familiar with the credo: Above all, do no harm. This refers to avoiding interventions which are known to cause harm, and encourages treating the patient as a whole rather than the disease alone. It is known that the stigma around obesity increases stress (a known causative factor in many health conditions) and shame, which in many cases may prevent a person from seeking medical care. Additionally, traditional weight loss interventions are rarely successful in the long term.
Assuming that we, healthcare providers, entered the medical field in order to help others rather than harm it is important to explore this topic in detail. This presentation facilitates a discussion and stimulates deeper thinking about our perceptions around weight loss, and how it impacts our patient care.
RanDee Anshutz is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and owner at Synergy Health and Wellness. She is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, and a Health At Every Size® (HAES) provider. RanDee has worked in healthcare for 20 years in areas of nursing and rehabilitation however switched gears to become a dietitian in 2005. In 2009 she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Oregon State University and then completed internship to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) through the University of Delaware. She now holds the title of Licensed and Registered Dietitian, which is the only credentialed and regulated title for nutrition professionals.
At Synergy Health and Wellness, RanDee works in outpatient and public health nutrition providing disease specific care, family nutrition education, and facilitating group education classes. She employs a foods first philosophy in nutrition, and desires to get people back in the kitchen enjoying nutritious and delicious foods.