Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).
Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes (recognising that every body is unique & worthy of respect, & that health will look different for everyone).
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite (aka intuitive eating, which involves listening to your body & it’s hunger cues enabling you to eat when hungry & stop when full, as well an enjoy flexibility in your food choices).
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital. (ie finding ways to move your body that you enjoy, for the sake of enjoyment alone, or to help you achieve your fitness goals eg increased strength).
It involves focusing on health-giving behaviours to increase health & quality of life, rather than weight control, & accepting your body whatever size it settles at.
HAES has been shown to have great positive health outcomes for people of all sizes, including significant improvements to mental health.