26-Thin Privilege in Coaching: Panel Discussion with Alissa Rumsey & Julie Duffy Dillon

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Thin Privilege in Coaching

Thin privilege in coaching is a reality that will impact your client relationship and coaching efficiency.  

In fact, it is essential for non-diet coaches and professionals to be aware of, acknowledge, and name thin privilege with their clients. This is because it shows up in the room, whether we see it or not. 

Here’s the thin privilege definition: being able to experience the world knowing you will always be accommodated for and considered “acceptable”, based on the (smaller) size of your body. 

Thin Privilege in Coaching

Thin privilege in health coaching – what it means for non-diet coaching businesses is that coaches in smaller bodies have to take responsibility for their thin privilege in practice. 

There is power in thin non-diet coaches and professionals bringing awareness to and naming thin privilege in practice. This is especially important when working with clients in larger bodies. 

However, non-diet coaches living in smaller bodies may feel guilty for benefiting from thin privilege, but this doesn’t help anyone. Certainly, making peace with their thin privilege is KEY to taking responsibility, reducing harm, and using it for good. 

In today’s episode, we discuss thin privilege in health coaching with Alissa Rumsey and Julie Duffy Dillon.

Alissa Rumsey is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counsellor, and the author of Unapologetic Eating: Make Peace With Food and Transform Your Life. Also, she is the founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness. It is a weight-inclusive practice that offers virtual counselling, group programs, and online training to support people in breaking free – both individually and collectively – from body-based oppression.

After sobbing in her boss’s office, Julie Duffy Dillon, registered dietitian and PCOS expert, never taught another diet. Once she appreciated the anti-fat bias rampant in health care, she couldn’t unsee it. Now, Julie helps people with PCOS confidently tackle health concerns moving forward without shame and blame. She helps people burn their PCOS diet books, regain the energy to live their lives and reclaim their power. Julie knows only together we can change PCOS health care.

What you’ll learn listening to this episode on thin privilege in coaching:

  • Thin privilege – definition & what it means in practice
  • The power of language when discussing bodies
  • Why feeling guilty about your thin privilege isn’t helping & what to do instead
  • Your role as a non-diet coach when helping clients in larger bodies 

Links mentioned in the show:

Undiet Your Coaching Scholarship

Non-Diet Professional Mentorship Program

Free Professional Training & Resources

Alissa Rumsey 

Julie Duffy Dillon

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Website – Julie Duffy Dillon

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I’m Stephanie Dodier – Non-Diet Nutritionist, Cognitive Behavioral Coach and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.

I help women fight diet culture by reshaping their mind not their body. I have been hosting a million downloads podcasts- It’s Beyond The Food for over 8 years and The Undiet Your Coaching. I’m the creator of  the Going Beyond The Food Method™️, which was born from my own journey with a 25 years dieting career  and has since grown into a global movement.

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