Health at Every Size

As national obesity rates have continued to rise, so too have various, often opposing, theories on the health implications of excess weight. One such theory is called Health at Every Size (HAES), a weight-neutral approach built on the following principles:

Acceptance of natural body diversity in weight and size Ineffectiveness and danger in dieting for weight loss Eating in response to internal body cues Recognition of social, emotional and spiritual factors in addition to physical factors related to health and happiness (Robison, 2005)

The HAES movement is largely credited to Linda Bacon, Ph.D., who introduced the concept in her book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, which refutes the idea that overweight and obesity cause adverse health outcomes (Bacon, 2010). Bacon presents data supporting the idea

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is the leading nonprofit health and fitness certification organization, representing more than 70,000 certified health and fitness professionals.