Meeting Archive:
Food Is Not the Problem: How the messages we receive about food impacts our perceptions of our bodies, which in turn puts us and our children -- at higher risk of disordered eating

Meeting Description:

The messages we receive about food impacts the way we talk and think about ourselves, putting us – and our children – at greater risk of disordered eating. This Webinar will explore the origins of food as a modern moral compass and how we use it to assess the worthiness and value of ourselves and each other, impacting our body image and our ability to feel comfortable eating what we please.

In this 1-CE Webinar, Claire St John, MPH RD, outcomes and follow up manager at Reasons Eating Disorder Center, will review:

  • The history of the concept “you are what you eat”

  • The role of advertising in linking food to morality

  • How food morality impacts our understanding of our own and others’ body image

  • Methods for identifying these beliefs in our clients

  • Steps for addressing negative body image by neutralizing our attitudes toward food


Learning Objectives: This Webinar is designed to help participants:

  • Identify food morality in advertising and other cultural messages

  • Identify food morality in clients

  • Apply information when counseling clients about food fears, body image, eating disorder or weight management issues that food does not make one good or bad.


Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Shannon Braasch
 Presenter Information
Claire St. John, MPH, RD
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Claire St John, MPH RD, Outcomes and Research Manager at Reasons EDC has worked with people suffering from eating disorders at all levels of care. She has helped launch two eating disorder programs and developed an internship program for aspiring Registered Dietitians. With a understanding of eating disorders and how they impact individuals and families, Claire is passionate about repairing broken relationships with food.
Claire holds a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University, and after completing rotations at Eisenhower Medical Center, passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Working with eating disordered clients from the outset, she has developed a method of practice that includes exposure response therapy, motivational interviewing and compassionate understanding paired with firm encouragement.
Helping people reconnect with food and normalize their eating patterns is the most rewarding part of working with eating disordered patients for Claire.