WHAT IS HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE?
Health At Every Size is an holistic approach to health that believes that your weight does not define your health, and that there are so many more factors involved beyond the generic advice of just nutrition and exercise, that popular culture would have us all believe.
It also celebrates the concept of size diversity: that we all come in a marvelous array of shapes, and sizes and that respecting your own body's needs, rather than attempting to manipulate your frame to look like someone else's, is far more aligned with healthy habits than the status-quo of dieting culture.
The 5 Health At Every Size
1. Weight Inclusivity:
Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
2. Health Enhancement:
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.
3. Respectful Care:
Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
4. Eating for Well-being:
Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
5. Life-Enhancing Movement:
Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.