The Health at Every Size paradigm includes the following basic components:
- Celebrates body diversity;
- Honors differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, class, and other human attributes.
- Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions;
- Values body knowledge and people’s lived experiences.
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active;
- Eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, while respecting the social conditions that frame eating options.
An edited excerpt from Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave out, Get Wrong and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, by Linda Bacon, PhD., and Lucy Aphramor, PHD, RD.
From Linda Bacon: I’ve created the HAES Pledge, Registry, and Resource List with support and advice from members of the HAES community. My intent is to strengthen the HAES movement: to help support people in adopting HAES and to help those of us in the HAES community get better connected and develop our ideas. Follow the links to learn more about my books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Misunderstand, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, co-authored with Dr. Lucy Aphramor. Or, to learn more about my work in general, visit
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