“The Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to eating and weight issues differs from a conventional treatment model in its emphasis on self-acceptance and healthy day-to-day behaviours, whether weight changes or not. Letting go of the goal of weight loss has made HAES controversial in a society where the pursuit of thinness in individuals with eating disorders, and find it hypocritical to prescribe for heavier people what we diagnose as eating disorder behaviour in thin ones.”
-Deb Burgard, Ph.D
The Attitude of ‘HAES’
- “Enhancing Health – Attending to emotional, physical and spiritual well being, without focusing on weight loss or achieving a specific “ideal weight”.
- Size and self-acceptance – Respecting and appreciating the wonderful diversity of body shapes, sizes and features (including one’s own!), rather than pursuing an idealized weight, shape or physical feature.
- The pleasure of eating well – Eating based on internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, individual nutritional needs and enjoyment, rather than on external food plans or diets.
- The Joy of Movement – Encouraging all physical activities for the associated pleasure and health benefits, rather than following a specific routine of regimented exercise for the primary purpose of weight-loss or managment.
- An End to Weight Bias – Recognizing that body shape, size and/or weight are not evidence of any particular way of eating, level of physical activity, personality, psychological issue or moral character; confirmation that there is beauty and worth in EVERY body.” – Ellen Shuman and Karin Kratina