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Dr. Cortney Crespo: Weight Inclusive Care

In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Cortney Crespo who shares an important message and mindset change around the topic of weight, specifically weight inclusive care, a term new to me. Dr. Crespo is a family medicine physician in Massachusetts, MA completing her Integrative Medicine Educator Fellowship at Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, a novel fellowship designed to foster leadership, teaching, and research in Integrative Medicine. Her goal is to provide and teach comprehensive, holistic care with an equity lens. As we talk, she explains how the power differential between doctor and patient can cause the patient to feel unable to express their desire to not make weight the focus of the appointment. Dr. Crespo shares that clinicians focused on whole person care are also caring for their patients using weight inclusive care. With her patients she follows the acronym VEORS (validate, explore, offer, reinforce, shared decision making) when discussing weight. Clinicians are charged with validating that the patient has control over their body, exploring what the patient is seeking from weight loss, offering medical knowledge pertaining to health, reinforcing what health means, and sharing the decision making. This conversation made me stop and reflect on my practice. I hope the same for you. Enjoy!

Below are resources to learn more about weight inclusive care:

Organizations 

Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) https://asdah.org/

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) https://naafa.org/

Blogs

Weight and Healthcare by Ragen Chastain https://weightandhealthcare.substack.com/

Marquisele Mercedes https://www.marquiselemercedes.com/ 

Books

Revenge Body by Caleb Luna

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith

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Disclaimer: All information and stories stated are for information purposes only. The information is not specific medical advice for any individual. The content provided on this podcast, on Dr. Jonas’ social media channels and in his videos should not substitute medical advice from a health professional.

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