Questions about Health & Weight

- POSTED ON: Mar 15, 2014

Does weight-loss make fat people healthier?
          Not necessarily.

Is permanent weight-loss even possible for the majority of people? 

Since neither of these questions can be answered in the affirmative, what are fat people to do?

The Weight Loss paradigm is that fat people should feed their bodies less food than they need to survive in the hope that they will eat themselves and become smaller, and also healthier.

The Health at Every Size (HAES) paradigm is that people at every size can make behavior choices based on their own prioritization of health; the path they choose; and their current situation.

Research indicates that,… although there are never any guarantees and health is never entirely within our control, … working toward healthy behaviors is the best way for us to support our bodies, rather than, choosing to use food and movement in an attempt to manipulate one’s size while hoping that good health comes along for the ride.

What is Behavior-Centered Health?
          It is a health practice in which healthy choices and behaviors are the Goal, rather than a particular size, weight, or shape.

What is Health at Every Size?

  1. Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.

  2. Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.

  3. Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.

  4. Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.

  5. Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.

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On Mar 22, 2014 Wellness wrote:
Well, acceptance is definitely key in every aspect of life or else one may be driven to insanity or depression; having experienced depression, I imagine that insanity may feel the same, since I felt like I was loosing my mind when I was depressed. So said all that to say that having a well rounded life and lifestyle of which I sense you are conveying is key and can even lead to depression if not present. I am learning in a Counseling 2 course in college that employing interdependence is key to reaching one's goals and in that way you are building mutually compatible relationships and also helping others reach their goals. So in recognizing and promoting any level of knowledge is key and best done with others in the same boat, of course even in saying that, exercising weeding out toxic people who may serve to sabotage your best efforts. Hope I was clear, and if not, I agree with all you have shared above!

On Mar 22, 2014 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks, Wellness.

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