Satisfaction Factor

#59 - Aging With Vitality & Body Liberation with Debra Benfield

December 28, 2022 Naomi Katz & Sadie Simpson
Satisfaction Factor
#59 - Aging With Vitality & Body Liberation with Debra Benfield
Show Notes

This week, we’re talking to Debra Benfield, M.Ed., RDN/LDN, RYT. Debra has helped hundreds of women heal their relationship with food, eating, and their bodies in her 35-year career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in the prevention and treatment of disordered eating. 

Debra brings her wisdom, passion, and lived experience to the intersection of pro-aging and body liberation. Her work is rooted in helping her clients: Recognize internalized ageism and end it; Dismantle internalized diet culture/fat phobia; Nourish their bodies to support vitality in aging; Create ease in the fight to “control” their eating and body size; and develop a respectful partnership with their bodies. She integrates the practices of self-compassion and nervous system regulation with
her nutrition and body image coaching to support embodied and sustainable

Debra offers 1:1 coaching, small group coaching, and professional supervision. She also owns and administers a private practice of big-hearted and wonderfully talented
RDNs who specialize in weight-neutral care and the treatment of eating disorders.

We had an amazing conversation about...

  • The fatphobia in pro-aging spaces
  • The ageism in fat liberation spaces
  • The parallels between the anti-aging industry & diet culture
  • The ableism in the concept of "aging well"
  • And the importance of interrupting intergenerational diet culture narratives!

Debra's new small group coaching program, Aging with Vitality and Body Liberation, is open for enrollment until January 10th! And she's hosting an open house for anyone who wants more information on January 6th at 12pm ET/9am PT. Get all the details at!

Or you can connect with Debra via social media on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn!

Referenced in this episode:
Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Raising the Next Generation with Food and Body Confidence by Sumner Brooks & Amee Severson

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