The Health at Every Size® movement suggests that focusing on healthy habits is our best chance for a healthy body. Somehow that is considered highly controversial. Here are ten reasons why it’s actually a no brainer.
1. You have a much better chance of taking care of something that you like than something that you hate. HAES allows you to take care of your body and like it at the same time.
2. Research from the University of Califoria, Davis found that Health at Every Size practitioners are more likely to maintain long-term behavior change and health improvements than dieters.
3. Because HAES focuses on fitness rather than fatness. Steven Blair of the Cooper Institute, a non-profit founded in 1970 whose mission is scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicating the results, said “We’ve studied this from many perspectives in women and in men and we get the same answer: It’s not the obesity—it’s the fitness.”
4. HAES tells the truth – that healthy habits matter regardless of your weight and size; rather than the lie we currently hear that if you’re fat healthy habits don’t matter unless they make you thin and if you’re thin healthy habits aren’t important unless you get fat.
5. HAES works with the fact that health is multi-dimensional and includes genetics, environment, stress, access, and past, present, and future behaviors by putting the focus on the health that is possible for each individual body; instead of ignoring that and chasing an amorphous, unattainable concept of “perfect health” and the ridiculous notion that our health is only a matter of our current behaviors and is entirely within our control.
6. HAES encourages choosing movement options that you enjoy rather than punishing your body with exercise that you hate.
7. Health at Every Size helps you find peace with your weight which is important because studies show that women who are concerned about their weight have more physical and mental illnesses regardless of their weight.
8. Because research repeatedly finds that, contrary to common opinion, intentional weight loss attempts predict weight gain and eating disorders but do not predict weight loss or improved health.
9. HAES encourages developing a healthy relationship with food. That can replace or prevent food relationships that are obsessive, fear-based, unhealthy, and even disordered.
10. Because weight and health are two separate things and if you want to be healthier it makes a lot more sense to focus on health than on body size.
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