Unlearning Obesity


“If you’re not working on your biases, what’s the point of you?”–Kristin Cavuto, MSW, LCSW, IBCLC

Care for fat clients without causing harm.

Fat people receive sub par medical care from deeply biased providers in all settings, including before, during, and after pregnancy. This course will teach the perinatal care provider how to care for their fat clients without causing harm. It will educate on the myths and the facts about fatness, both medically and socially. It will discuss the ways in which perinatal care providers typically fail their fat clients, and it will provide methods for changing practice to provide unbiased, respectful, and competent client care. 

Unlearning obesity is an excellent evidence-based introduction to why our medical system fails fat people. I loved the specificity of the data and the approaches given for challenging our internal bias on this topic. This is such a necessary course.

Hope Lima, PhD, RDN, LRD, IBCLC
Unlearning Obesity (1 CERP/CEU)


  • The learner will understand the myths and realities of fatness in the medical and social spheres. This section will focus on research based information about fatness and health. 
  • The learner will understand how perinatal providers typically fail their fat clients. This will include the evidenced based consequences of this provider failure.
  • The learner will understand how to provide care for fat clients with respect and competence. The focus on this section is client autonomy and provider self reflection. 

IBLCE Content Outline

  • V. 4 Employment – Returning to work
  • V. 5 Family Lifestyle
  • V. 6 Identifying support networks
  • V. 7 Maternal Mental Health
  • V. 12 Cultural Competency
  • VII. A. 7 Communications Technology
  • VII. B. 1 Active Listening
  • VII. B. 2 Anticipatory Guidance
  • VII. B. 5 Educating Mothers and Families
  • VII. B. 8 Emotional Support
  • VII. B. 9 Empowerment
  • VII. C. 3 Code of Professional Conduct (CPC)
  • VII. D. 3 Use research to help develop policies and protocols
  • VII. E. 1-4 Public Health And Advocacy (all)
Unlearning Obesity (1 CERP/CEU)

Meet Your Instructor

Kristin Cavuto, MSW, LCSW, IBCLC

Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (since 2003) and IBCLC (since 2010) in private practice in central NJ, as well as a LLL Leader (since 2008).  Her practice specialties are low supply, maternal and infant mental health, and the intersection of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender in the care of the new family.  She has spoken on various lactation and mental health topics at LC in PP, the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Association Conference,and for LLL of the Garden State, and is active in several online lactation communities. 

She is the mother of two boys who nursed full term despite maternal IGT, and who are now 14 and 11. In her spare time, she attends adult Harry Potter conferences, where she speaks (and is writing a book on) sorting and parenting.  She is an anti racist and LGBT+ activist, and a Gryffindor.

Kristin also teaches:

“I’ve been an activist since I was in first grade. I make fighting for justice a part of everything I do.”

Kristin Cavuto, MSW, LCSW, IBCLC
Unlearning Obesity (1 CERP/CEU)