Workshop to discuss how to manage eating, weight

October 16, 2006|by Tammy Thornton

Atkins, Slim-Fast, the cabbage soup diet - the list goes on. The resulting disappointments are just as many.

Our obsession with weight and dieting has created a nation of people who have lost the ability to eat normally. Almost everyone today feels anxious and ambivalent about eating.

Ellyn Satter, a nationally recognized dietitian and psychotherapist, has some ideas to tackle the problem. She brings her approach to eating to Hagerstown when she presents "Resolving the Weight Dilemma: Understanding and Applying Eating Competence" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

According to Satter, who has 40 years of experience treating people with distorted eating attitudes and behaviors, "It's time we have a definition of eating that has more to do with our ability to feed ourselves - day in and day out - than with our ability to deprive ourselves. We need a definition of competent eating."


"Instead of trying for weight loss, we must define the problem in a way it can be solved," Satter says. "We can feed ourselves well, develop rewarding and sustainable activity and learn to accept the bodies nature gave us."

Satter brought her eating and feeding philosophy to our area in May 2005 and addressed school personnel, dietitians, nurses and physicians.

The latest workshop is open to the public. Registration is at 8 a.m. For registration information, go to To register, call the college at 301-790-2800, ext.236. The workshop costs $99 for those seeking continuing education credit and $49 without the credit.

For health professionals who desire more in-depth training, the Washington County Health Department is sponsoring Satter's four-day intensive workshop, Treating the Dieting Casualty, from Monday, Oct. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 27. For more information or to register, call the health department at 240-313-3300. The workshop costs $475.

Tammy Thornton is a registered dietitian with the Washington County Health Department.

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