Contextualising eating problems in individual diet counseling

Bidragets oversatte titel: Kontekstualisering af spiseproblemer i individuel kostvejledning

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    Health professionals consider diet to be a vital component in managing weight, chronic diseases and the overall promotion of health. This article takes the position that the complexity and contextual nature of individual eating problems needs to be addressed in a more systematic and nuanced way than is usually the case in diet counselling, motivational interviewing and health coaching. We suggest the use of narrative practice as a critical and context-sensitive counselling approach to eating problems. Principles of externalisation and co-researching are combined within a counselling framework that employs logistic, social and discursive eating problems as analytic categories. Using cases from a health clinic situated at the Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen, we show that even if the structural conditions associated with eating problems may not be solvable through individual counselling sessions, exploration of the complex structures of food and eating with the client can provide agency by helping them navigate within the context of the problem. We also exemplify why a reflexive and critical approach to the way health is perceived by clients should be an integrated part of diet counselling.
    Bidragets oversatte titelKontekstualisering af spiseproblemer i individuel kostvejledning
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)319–331
    Antal sider13
    StatusUdgivet - 2014


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