We cannot know the state of your health by looking at your weight, and the idea that we could is a misconception that does a lot of harm. Health at Every Size is a research-based set of principles that helps shift the conversation away from weight as a stand-in indicator for health and instead focuses on health enhancement and well-being regardless of body size.
The five Health at Every Size (HAES®) priniciples are:
People come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and there aren’t any particular shapes or sizes that are better than or worse than others. Specifically, it is possible for larger people to be very healthy and it is possible for smaller people to have real health concerns. Therefore it doesn’t make sense to assume health based on body size.
Health care needs to be focused on practices that improve human well-being. This means that your care needs to embrace your individual needs and situation, and work with you on many levels, including the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.
Health care needs to begin with a conversation and listen to you as the expert on your own experience of health. Part of being able to have that conversation is to acknowledge and be aware of the social bias that can color those conversations, and then correct for it.
Eating for Well-Being
It is important for your eating to be flexible and individualized to your own needs. It needs to be cued by your own feelings of hunger and satiety, meet your nutritional needs, and ideally bring a sense of pleasure and joy.
We all have bodies, and those bodies are able to move to some degree. Movement creates health, and it is important to find the right kind of body movement for each person, regardless of body size or ability. It can be as simple or as complex as we choose, but movement is a cornerstone of health and key to improving quality of life.
Nutrition Therapy at Ha.Lé is based on Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating principles, in order to best support the health of every body and everybody.