I’ve thought for awhile on how to word this post. What I’m about to talk about is one of the most controversial topics in the health field right now. Despite research backing things up, I along with many other therapists and dietitians are seen as radical hippies that are “avoiding the truth about health.”
I encourage you to have an open mind about what I’m about to talk about. I encourage you to look into the data and resources I’m about to provide….and I encourage you to have compassion for yourself. I had to have compassion for myself when I learned about these things because at one point in time I was teaching the complete opposite. I was doing more harm than good…and I along with many other therapists and dietitians thought that I was promoting “true health.”
I am a (HAES) Health At Every Size therapist. As stated in the link below: “The Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach is an alternative to the weight/size-based paradigm upon which much current public health policy is based.”
Before we go any further, check out this HAES Fact Sheet so you can understand what HAES is -> HAES Fact Sheet
I know that list was probably a lot to take in…keep an open mind…deep breaths… : )
There is a book by Dr. Linda Bacon that’s called: “Health At Every Size: The Surprising truth about your weight.”
The next thing I want you to check out is Dr. Bacon’s website about her book -> Website
On her website at the very bottom she has some very cool downloads of wallet sized cards and bookmarks that you can hand out to people. This is a specific one that I really like – – -> Surprising Truths About Weight I work with a whole lot of clients that have eating disorders/struggle with disordered eating/stuck in diet culture. Giving my clients little bits of knowledge like the download above is hopeful and encouraging because many people go their whole lives stuck in diet culture.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Bacon’s book that I listed above:
Blaming fatness for heart disease is a lot like blaming yellow teeth for lung cancer, rather than considering the possibility that smoking might play a role in both. And telling people they need to lose weight is a lot like telling someone with pneumonia to stop coughing so much-it may not be possible and won’t make the disease go away.
-Dr. Linda Bacon
There are 2 specific podcasts that I absolutely love that talk about (HAES). I will include the websites below. The podcasts can be located on both of their websites:
- Christy Harrison- Intuitive Eating Dietitian, Anti-Diet Author, & Health at Every Size Expert
- Julie Duffy Dillon- Nutrition Therapist, Podcaster, Eating Disorder Specialist, & Author
I have learned a lot from both of those ladies and other mental health professionals that I follow on instagram. On my own instagram page (Click Here) I have shared knowledge on (HAES), Intuitive Eating, Eating Disorders, how food addiction isn’t a thing/sugar isn’t bad for us **Yes, there is actual research behind what I just said, I promise. Go check out our instagram pages and you can find info on that. haha : ) Also, how BMI (Body Mass Index) is inaccurate and misleading…there is so much I could include in this post, but I think I’ve gotten the wheels turning in your brain.
If you got this far in my post, thank you for reading. : )
I am a human. You are a human. We are all doing the best we can.
Be Fervently Driven