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Teaching Nutrition Through a Health At Every Size Lens

Teaching Nutrition Through a Health At Every Size Lens

I think when we see HAES in social media, it's often talked about from a perspective of healing eating disorders or disordered eating, which makes so much sense. Like Lauren on this podcast, I kind of considered HAES to be "just for" that area but my eyes flew WIDE OPEN when I heard someone talking about how we prescribe in people of larger bodies what we treat as an ED in people of smaller bodies.

Dieting and size manipulation are disordered behaviors in people of all bodies, and all bodies deserve the compassion that comes with a HAES approach. At that point, I honestly felt at a loss of what to do. Almost every unit in medical nutrition therapy when I was in undergrad/my internship had "weight management" listed as the first intervention for nutrition. I started to get skeptical and worry that this approach completely undermined what I knew about nutrition and its role in disease. I also started to think that maybe HAES was okay for all bodies, but not the ones that needed MNT.