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Sizing Up Our Strategies: Best Practices to Treat Body Shame and Chronic Dieting

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Judith Matz, LCSW, ACSW
1 Hour 04 Minutes
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Feb 24, 2022
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Diets and weight loss talk are normative in our culture, and this preoccupation with body size and food has a profound effect on the mental and physical health of our clients. In this session, we’ll take an in-depth look at a client’s experience with multiple therapists on her journey to cultivate a healthy body image, confront weight stigma, and make peace with food. We’ll consider how our own views toward body size and food impact what we offer clients, and we’ll explore strategies to unlearn diet culture for ourselves and with our clients. 



This online program is worth 1.0 hours CPD.



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Judith Matz, LCSW, ACSW, is co-author of The Making Peace with Food Card Deck, The Body Positivity Card Deck, and two books on the topics of eating and weight struggles.  Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating and Emotional Overeating, has been called “the new bible” on this topic for professionals. The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care was a #1 bestseller on Amazon and a favorite resource for therapists to use with clients. She is also the author of Amanda’s Big Dream, a children’s book that helps kids to pursue their dreams – at any size! Judith has a private practice in Skokie, IL where she focuses her work with clients who want to get off the diet/binge rollercoaster and learn to feel at home in their bodies. Through her individual counseling, groups, workshops, presentations and books, Judith has helped thousands of people to develop self-care skills that increase physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing without a focus on the pursuit of weight loss. Through educational programs, she is dedicated to helping people end the preoccupation with food and weight. Judith received her MSW at University of Michigan and earned her post-graduate certificate at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, where she trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Psychotherapy Networker magazine and a popular speaker at national conferences. Descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the New York Times, LA Times, Allure, Fitness, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, NBC News Chicago, Huffington Post Live, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Judith Matz is the director of The Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc. and maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Judith Matz receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Judith Matz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Eating Disorder Association, and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.


  1. Evaluate the role of disinhibition in diet failure.
  2. Appraise the impact of attitudes toward weight on treatment offered to higher weight clients.
  3. Develop strategies for clinicians and clients to unlearn diet culture.


  • Examining our own attitudes toward dieting and weight loss
  • Dynamics of a client who struggles with eating and weight concerns
  • Two different scenarios for treatment: Traditional versus anti-diet, weight inclusive approach
  • Research related to diet failure, weight and health and weight stigma to guide treatment strategies
  • 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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