Posts Tagged ‘Health at Every Size’

Unreasonable Doubts About Obesity and Health

November 2, 2018 — “’Obesity’ is not the health risk it has been reported to be,” says the HAES® Fact Sheet. But that assertion stands in stark contrast to the findings of a new study in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology this week. The study adds to a large body of evidence and begs a question. At what point does […]

Fencing at FNCE: HAES and Weight Management

October 23, 2018 — Yesterday at FNCE, dietitians witnessed an event with a split personality. Was it a debate? Or was it a conversation? The title said it was both – a debate and a conversation on weight management and Health at Every Size®. (People in the HAES movement want you to know, that’s their trademark.) Whatever it was, […]

Techniques for Winning an Argument and Losing a Voice

June 24, 2018 — The anger industry is booming all over the world. Outrage seems to win arguments because many people grow tired of rage and walk away. It’s a pretty good business model for cable news right now. But it carries a risk. Anger sometimes leaves people thinking they’ve won an argument. In fact, though, they’re losing a […]

Can Weight Management and Body Positivity Peacefully Coexist?

May 31, 2018 — Kelly deVos is having a crisis of confidence in her beliefs about body positivity. Writing the in the New York Times, she says: The problem with today’s version of body positivity is that it refuses to acknowledge that no one approach is right for every person. One teenager might grow up to be healthy at […]

When One Size Fits All, Truth Suffers

March 5, 2018 — “You should be ashamed.” That message flies in every direction when the subject is weight and health and obesity. Shame is a potent tool, but it’s a sloppy one. And for health, it’s never helpful. Truth suffers when people start thinking they have an exclusive claim on the truth. And on weight, health, and obesity, one […]

Triple Bias to Go with a Gastric Bypass

September 28, 2017 — It’s ugly. People who need and choose to have gastric surgery for obesity face a triple bias. There’s the discrimination, bias, and even contempt that people experience just from living with obesity. But more troubling is bias from people making two kinds of false judgments about the surgery. The Label of a Cheat and a […]

The Odd Codependence of Fat Shaming and Fat Acceptance

September 20, 2017 — “I refuse to let my daugher be taught by a fat teacher.” So says an opinion writer for the Daily Mail in a recent opinion article that she’s milking for all the attention she can get. In an odd expression of codependence, she tries to justify her heinous views by saying that fat activists have […]

Intuitive Objectivity?

June 15, 2016 — Is objectivity possible in the study of intuitive eating? A new study by Janell Mensinger and colleagues published in Appetite might make you wonder. This study randomized 80 women to a controlled trial of a weight-neutral (the HUGS Program for Better Health) versus a weight-loss intervention (the LEARN Program for Weight Management). At the end of a six-month […]

Intuitive Eating Sounds Great

March 22, 2016 — Intuitive eating is a concept that sounds great. It has enthusiastic fans. And a new study published in Obesity finds that people who score high on a scale of intuitive eating were less likely to have excess weight or obesity. Géraldine Camilleri and her colleagues conclude: Although no causality can be inferred from the reported associations, […]

A False Choice: Obesity vs Fitness

August 14, 2014 — One of the most vigorous debates we encounter centers on a false choice between two big health concerns: obesity vs fitness. Folks who have pledged loyalty to the cause of Health at Every Size® (HAES) believe that concerns about obesity are exaggerated and advocate for a greater focus on fitness as opposed to arbitrary weight […]