Health at Every Size

Topics: Obesity and Weight Loss, Wellness and Health

A new UK research study promotes “health at every size” (HAES).

It suggests that that instead of trying to lose weight, people should try to change their lifestyle and health behaviors.  And that keeping lost weight off and maintaining a normal weight over the long term to is seldom achieved, and that researchers and clients should accept that.

In other words, the “dietetic literature on weight management fails to meet the standards of evidence based medicine.”

The 5000+ enrollees in the National Weight Control Registry–who have lost on average 66# and kept it off 5.5 years—would agree. Most of them did it themselves or with a coach like in Chef Clinic–not with an organized commercial program. That’s how I help people reach a healthy weight.

HAES is
*weight neutral
*relies on “intuitive eating” not eating time, plate size or portion measurement
*encourages positive body esteem and plus-size acceptance

There is something to this. Yet a healthy body does not appear because you decide not to diet. You have to learn and practice the skills, and learn how to be healthy if you weigh more than you medically should.

Because if you’re overweight and have erectile dysfunction, changing what you’re eating can mean a return of sexual function.

That’s worthwhile. At every size.