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Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower

Traci Mann, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Audio

Course Abstract

Why Diets Fail: The Myth of Willpower is a 1-hour audio continuing education (CE) course that explains why diets fail and provides strategies for what does work. Clinicians continue to recommend diets to their patients, even though diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss. In this course, Dr. Mann will describe the evidence on why diets don’t work in the long term, give the biological reasons why diets fail, explain why willpower is not the problem, and then give strategies for healthy eating that do not require dieting or willpower.

Dr. Mann is uniquely qualified to provide the real truth about dieting, eating, obesity, and self-
control. She is a widely cited expert whose research has been funded by the NIH, USDA, and NASA, and is published in dozens of scholarly journals. She does not run a diet clinic or test diets and she has never taken a penny from commercial diet companies, or sat on their boards of directors, or endorsed one of their products. Because of this, her livelihood, research funding, and reputation are not dependent on her reporting that diets work or that obesity is unhealthy. This sets her apart from nearly all diet and obesity researchers and allows her to speak the truth about these topics, which she does with abandon.

This audio course was recorded at the Annual Symposium of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2016.


Course #11-07 | 2017 | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List five reasons why diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss
2. Identify three reasons why willpower is not the reason that diets fail
3. Discuss two biological changes that occur when dieting
4. Describe three strategies for healthy eating that do not require willpower
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved to offer continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635), Dietetics & Nutrition (#50-1635), and Occupational Therapy Practice (#34); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This audio course provides instant access to the course audio, course handout and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to listen to the audio or download the mp3, download/print the course handout and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while listening to the course audio).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Traci Mann, PhD, is a Professor of Social and Health Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her research aims to identify and understand the behaviors associated with eating regulation and body image as well as the process of self-control during health behavior changes. Traci is principal investigator of the Health and Eating Laboratory, which uses diverse research methods to study interesting topics such as increasing food consumption in NASA astronauts, increasing vegetable intake in elementary school children, and the ability of foods to reduce social and physical pain. For more information about Traci's book, Secrets from the Eating Lab, click here.

Disclosure:
Financial: Dr. Mann is the author of Secrets from the Eating Lab and receives royalty payments from Harper Wave publishers.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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