Saturday, May 16, 2009

Three Cheers for Health at Every Size (HAES)

Wanted to share this really good article from the Guardian on the concept of Health At Every Size. The writer lays the smack down on the whole thin = healthy propaganda that we're all being pelted with every day. One of my favorite parts:
It is counterproductive to continue pouring money and effort into attempts to make everyone slim, especially when this results in side-effects that are disastrous for mental and physical health: widespread body dissatisfaction and poor self-image; eating disorders; appearance-based prejudice, discrimination, stigmatisation, and abuse. None of this promotes good health within the UK population. It also diverts attention from underlying influences on health: poverty, for example.
Nothing to add except a big fat WORD!


  1. I agree, it was a great article. HAES is a growing movement. To learn more, check out the www.HAESCommunity.Org for free resources.

  2. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post, Linda!

  3. That's my main concern - being healthy for me at whatever size God has deemed me to be now! I'll never be as skinny as I was 5 years ago (I think I would look ill at that weight being the mid 30's woman I am about to be!) and while I am over weight for me at this moment, I'm not obsessed with getting skinny. I'm obsessed with getting healthy, as healthy as I can be being someone with an auto-immune disease!