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Jenny H. Conviser, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Conviser is Certified in both Sport Psychology and Child and Family Therapy. She specializes in eating and weight-related disorders, couples therapy, sports psychology and women's' health.
The UnWeighted model encourages individuals to embrace self-care; focus more on the process; focus less on the outcome; develop greater internal control; foster emotional awareness; engage in positive self-talk; and enable an individual to compare their success more with their own personally established goals, and less to a universal externally derived standards. An UnWeighted healthcare plan does not promise an ideal body or ideal health. It does, however, promise better health and better well-being.
In this interview, Dr. Conviser and I unpack her findings and how we can apply them to our own journeys as women seeking to live healthy at any size.
Why BMI isn’t the ultimate measure of your health
The problem with a BMI-based treatment model
Why weight loss is risky and should not be undertaken lightly
How a very simple lifestyle change can yield major health benefits
Why dieting programs you to binge eat
What diet cycling and set points are, and what they mean to your health
How dieting is slowing down your metabolism
What you can say to your doctor to get better treatment if you’re a higher weight person
Concrete steps we can all take to live the UnWeighted model
Why we shouldn’t let external sources tell us who we should be
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