Health At Every Size (HAES)
I firmly believe that the way we live in and honor our bodies has a huge impact on our mental health. We are all unique human beings who have a fundamental right to feel safe, loved, and valued in our own skin. That is why I choose to support Health At Every Size.
The Health at Every Size paradigm includes the following basic components:
Celebrates body diversity;
Honors differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, and other human attributes.
Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions;
Values body knowledge and people’s lived experiences.
Finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active;
Eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, while respecting the social conditions that frame eating options.
An edited excerpt from Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD.
"We’ve lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn’t made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll.
Extensive “collateral damage” has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders,
discrimination, poor health, etc. Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we’re fat or because we fear becoming fat.
Health at Every Size is the new peace movement.
It supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors. It is an inclusive movement, recognizing that our social characteristics, such as our size, race, national origin, sexuality, gender, disability status, and other attributes, are assets, and acknowledges and challenges the structural and systemic forces that impinge on living well."
You can pledge your support by visiting https://haescommunity.com.