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EP 165 - What Is "Normal" Eating? Why Eating Competently Leads to Lasting Weight Loss and More

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Forget the dos and don’ts of healthy eating and instead choose to eat competently.
Air Date: 2/11/20
Duration: 27:35
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Ellyn Satter
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Ellyn Satter is an internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. Satter created the division of responsibility in feeding, which is considered the gold standard for feeding children. Satter’s “What is normal eating?” is a refrigerator-door and social media icon. Satter is a dietitian, family therapist, author, trainer, publisher, and consultant. During her over 40-year clinical career. she worked first as a Registered Dietitian in an outpatient medical practice, then as a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in family-based treatment of eating disorders. She began her writing and speaking career in 1983 with the publication of Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense. Satter is the founder of the Ellyn Satter Institute. 

In today’s world, feeling anxious and upset about eating is so common that seems normal. It isn’t. Research on eating competence (the Satter Eating Competence Model) shows that people who score high on the eating competence inventory do better nutritionally, medically, emotionally, and socially. How do listeners respond to questions such as: I am comfortable with my enjoyment of food and eating; I experiment with new food and learn to like it; I eat as much as I am hungry for; I make time to eat? Would listeners like to hear about a kinder, gentler way of feeding themselves, a way that is also related to good health?
  • Book Title: Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/ellynsatterassociates/
EP 165 - What Is "Normal" Eating? Why Eating Competently Leads to Lasting Weight Loss and More
So often, weight loss diets focus solely on the foods you should or shouldn’t eat.

But, according to dietitian and family therapist Ellyn Satter, positive eating habits have more to do with eating attitudes and behaviors than the foods you choose. Satter emphasizes that people should enjoy what they’re eating and focus on food competence.

Food competence comes down to feeding yourself faithfully and giving yourself permission to eat. People who eat competently tend to weigh less and have a more stable weight than those who don’t. 

Three of the primary elements of eating competently are: 
  • Creating a structure around your eating habits.
  • Creating an experience around eating.
  • Trusting yourself to get interested in new foods.
Listen as Ellyn Satter joins Dr. Taz to discuss competent eating.