HAES is a philosophy that focuses on health outside of weight, based on the evidence that we don't need to be lighter to be healthy. Research shows that focusing on behaviors provides much better outcomes than an approach focused on weight loss. And what's more, weight that's lost in the short term is regained in the long term - meaning our current approach to health keeps us running around in circles.
"It is only the rate of weight regain, not the fact of weight regain, that appears open to debate” (source)
Instead of the traditional weight loss approach, Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite
- Finding the joy in moving one's body and becoming more physically vital (source)
Health At Every Size emphasizes intuitive eating and joyful movement - i.e., eating for satisfaction and moving for fun instead of doing both to control your weight. Read more below: