Nancy Ellis-Ordway, PhD, LCSW

Psychotherapist in Jefferson City, Missouri, Specializing in Relationships and Eating Disorders

Weight Bias in Health Education

This book explores how this happens and how we can change it. This interdisciplinary volume is grounded in a framework that challenges the dominant discourse that health in fat individuals must be improved through weight loss. The first part explores the negative impacts of bias, discrimination, and other harms by health care providers against fat individuals. The second part addresses how we can ‘fatten’ pedagogy for current and future health care providers, discussing how we can address anti-fat bias in education for health professionals and how alternative frameworks, such as Health at Every Size, can be successfully incorporated into training so that health outcomes for fat people improve.

Thrive at Any Weight: Eating to Nourish Body, Soul, and Self-Esteem

In my book, I explain how I help people get off the weight loss roller coaster, make peace with food and their bodies, and improve their health to find happiness and a better quality of life.

Dr. Nancy Ellis-Ordway, PhD, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with thirty years experience, specializing in treating eating disorders, body image issues, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.



Information concerning

  • Risks of dieting in childhood
  • Eating Disorder
  • Health at Every Size®
  • Relationships and Parenting
  • Research and Policy

Compiled in recommended reading and web content form.


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