Health at Every Size® is an approach to health that recognizes that people of all sizes can be healthy, or not healthy. It focuses on pursuing healthy habits, rather than changes in body size, to increase health.
The principles of Health at Every Size®, according to the Association for Size Diversity and Health, include:
- Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
- Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
- Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
- Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
- Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
The practitioners at Watershed Wellness know that it is important for people all sizes to have a safe and comfortable place to go to have their health needs addressed.
We promise to follow these principles and provide you with a caring, safe, and effective healing environment.
We also recognize that for most of us, the world can be a difficult place to navigate in bodies that do not fit a very narrow idea of beauty. While, weight is not our focus and we celebrate size diversity, we know that this is not true everywhere. We want Watershed Wellness to be an oasis of calm and body acceptance for all.
If you’re interested in learning more, here are some resources that can help:
- A recent podcast with Dr. DeAun Nelson, our resident HAES expert
- An episode of another podcast, Every Body, interviewing Dr. Nelson where she discusses many aspects of fat and health
- What is Health at Every Size?, a brief blog article by Dr. Nelson
- The website for Dr. Nelson’s podcast with another weight-neutral healthcare proponent and CCM student, Sarah Thompson