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Untangling Weight and Health: A Physician's Perspective

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Lisa Erlanger, MD
1 Hour 02 Minutes
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Feb 24, 2022
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Though we may have become aware of the harms of diet culture, many of us still worry about the negative impacts of weight on health. We may actively promote our clients’ journey towards body positivity but continue to “watch our own weight.” We may feel comfortable with weight neutral self-care, but only up to a certain BMI or with certain health conditions. This session will explore the myths and realities of the relationship between weight and health. Through cases, research, and resources, you will be empowered to reduce weight stigma in your office and to advocate for a weight-inclusive approach to health for all your clients. 



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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University of Washington -- Hall Health Center

Lisa Erlanger, MD, is a board-certified family physician whose practice focuses on primary care of larger-bodied individuals, and medical care of eating disorders and mental health concerns.  As a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, she teaches courses including, patient-centered care and communication, and ecology of health and medicine. She speaks nationally about weight stigma, weight inclusive primary care and eating disorders. Dr. Erlanger is a Certified Body Trust (R) Provider through Be Nourished in Portland, OR. She believes all people deserve trauma informed, gender affirming, weight inclusive health care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Erlanger is a medical consultant with Opal Food and Body Treatment Center and the medical director with Coopersmith Health Law and Strategy. She is a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine with University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Erlanger serves as an attending physician at the Hall Health Primary Care Center and serves on multiple committees at the University of Washington. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Erlanger is a member of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the International Association for Eating Disorders and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.

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  1. Analyze the relationships among weight, weight stigma, and health.
  2. Apply weight inclusive health principles to common clinical scenarios.
  3. Critically appraise weight-related health research.


  • Weight and Health: Correlation vs Causation
  • Weight Stigma as a Key Driver of Health Disparities
  • Weight Inclusive Healthcare Philosophy and Practice
  • Resources
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Nurses
  • Other mental health professionals


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