The Health At Every Size® Paradigm: Promoting Body Positivity for All Bodies

Patti Lou Watkins, Dawn Clifford, Brian Souza

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The Health At Every Size® (HAES) paradigm is a socio-critical approach to wellness that frames weight bias as a social justice issue and rejects the use of weight, size, and body mass index as proxies for health. The HAES model accepts and respects the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes, while promoting intuitive eating and physical activity without the goal of weight loss. This chapter details the history of the HAES movement and reviews the empirical literature on HAES interventions, with particular emphasis on outcomes related to body image and disordered eating. Finally, it describes ways in which HAES principles have been, and might continue to be, integrated into clinical, fitness, and educational settings to promote holistic health and enhance body positivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBody Positive
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding and Improving Body Image in Science and Practice
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781108297653
ISBN (Print)9781108419321
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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