The Pledge Concept
Interest in Health at Every Size (HAES) is growing fast. People are tired of diets, tired of feeling like failures, and tired of being scared of food. They are excited to find a paradigm that is committed to advancing social justice and respecting the diversity of human bodies (including, explicitly, larger bodies), a paradigm that starts from the very basic premise that they can trust themselves, one that respects pleasure rather than denial.
We’re at a transition point. Many people are ready to move on from feeling shame about their bodies and being preoccupied with their weight, yet our institutions are still mired in damaging old-school thought. Many health professionals and organizations cling to the belief that fear-mongering about weight and promising weight loss motivate people to improve their health practices. The mainstream media is reluctant to give Health at Every Size sufficient air time, apparently convinced that reinforcing people’s weight insecurities generates more attention. To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge.
Individuals who have signed the HAES pledge can become a part of the HAES Registry. The Registry is a database that allows you to enter information about your HAES-related work or activities, to foster awareness of what you do and allow others to contact you. If you haven’t signed the HAES pledge yet, follow this link first.
The Registry is freely searchable by location and keywords. Looking for a psychotherapist who will support you in kicking the diet habit? How about an artist to design your book cover? A videographer experienced with delivering HAES content? A musician with a “love your body” message? An academic who recognizes fat studies as a legitimate field of inquiry? An activist to come speak at your school and challenge the status quo? You’ll find them all – and more – in the database! Click here to search the Registry.