Let's face facts. We've lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn't made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive "collateral damage" has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health... Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we're fat or because we fear becoming fat.
Health at Every Size is the new peace movement.
Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.
An excerpt from Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD.
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:
Society changes when enough people decide that something is seriously wrong and recognize that there is a viable alternative for change.
To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge. As word spreads, this will show others our strength in numbers. We'll hasten institutional change by demonstrating that there is a large audience for HAES-affirming practices.
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 www.LindaBacon.org.