Health At Every Size (HAES)
The Health at Every Size (HAES) model is aimed at promoting body inclusivity and acceptance alongside destigmatizing overweight or obese bodies. The approach recognizes the ever growing research that suggests weight is not an indicator of health, and that “healthy” looks different for everyone. HAES is a framework that decentralizes weight as a predictor of health and longevity.
The Five Principles of HAES are (Association for Size Diversity and Health, 2013):
“Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.”
“Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.”
“Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.”
“Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.”
“Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.”
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