Episode 85: Body Trust and How it Can Help You Break Free from Diet Culture with Guest Aaron Flores


In episode 85 David interviews guest Aaron Flores, a Body Trust® Certified dietitian based in California, about how body trust can help you break free from diet culture. During their conversation, David and Aaron connect on similarities in their journey to becoming dietitians. They discuss topics like what it is like transitioning from a weight-centric approach to a weight-inclusive one, Health At Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, Body Trust®, what sparked their career change, the nuances of masculinity as a form of oppression, the lack of diversity in the non-diet approach, and much more!

Aaron shares with us a little about what it was like growing up in Los Angeles as a white-passing, American-Jewish Mexican immigrant. He tells us about his experience with paradigm straddling when he first started to learn about intuitive eating and HAES® while working in the weight loss sector of the VA. David and Aaron reflect on the potential and unintentional harm either may have caused while they transitioned to a weight-inclusive approach to health. They highlight the unlearning each had to do and agree that their current approach makes their careers much more meaningful and fulfilling, getting to see their clients grow and learn more about themselves. As the conversation continues Aaron talks about the importance of tapping into or reconnecting with the body, there is wisdom in our coping!

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents and adults. He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery as Senior Coordinator for Weight-Inclusive Care and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider, and his main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®. In his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. His work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and National Eating Disorder Association. Aaron is a frequent speaker and has presented at the 2016 and 2017 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference, the 2018 and 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders and the 2018 Association for Size Diversity and Health Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Aaron Flores’s private practice is in Calabasas, CA. He also works at Center for Discovery as Senior Coordinator for Weight-Inclusive Care He uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® in his work to help individuals learn how to make peace with food and their bodies. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider and he also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Links and Resources
Aaron Flores, RDN
Dietitians Unplugged Podcast
About Body Trust®

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