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Evoking trust in the nutrition counselor: why should we be trusted?

By J. Gingras

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The virtue of trust is often spoken of as central to the work of dietitians working in nutrition counseling, especially in the context of disordered eating/eating disorders nutrition therapy. Indeed, dietitians are purported to be the most trusted source of information on nutrition and food by professional associations such as Dietitians of Canada. Here trust is explored through educational, relational, and virtue theory in order to elucidate trust's meaning and relevance to dietitians' work and interactions with each other, including the general public. If dietitians are to continue to be trusted during times of skepticism in "expert" knowledge, reflexivity, active contestation, and moral testing in the context of our socio-political milieu need be employed so that we as a profession may respond to clients in respectful, authentic, meaningful ways; practices worthy of our trust.

Date 2005
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 18
Issue 1
Pages 57-74
ISBN/ISSN 1187-7863
DOI 10.1007/s10806-004-3092-3
Language English
Author Address Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Room 309, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada. jgingras@uniserve.com
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  1. Appetite
  2. Canada
  3. Commonwealth of Nations
  4. Counseling
  5. Developed countries
  6. Diets
  7. Eating disorders
  8. Employees
  9. Health services
  10. Humans
  11. Mammals
  12. North America
  13. Nutrition
  14. OECD countries
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Practice and service
  17. Primates
  18. United States of America
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