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Number of people who have signed the HAES Pledge:
Health at Every Size

Let's face facts. We've lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn't made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive "collateral damage" has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health... Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we're fat or because we fear becoming fat.

Health at Every Size is the new peace movement.

Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.

An excerpt from Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD.

Health at Every Size® principles help us be at peace in our bodies, supporting people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves. It includes the following basic components:

  • Respect, including respect for body diversity.
  • Compassionate Self-care
    • Eating in a flexible and attuned manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite;
    • Finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active.
  • Critical Awareness
    • Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions;
    • Values body knowledge and people’s lived experiences.

— An edited excerpt from Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave out, Get Wrong and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, by Linda Bacon, PhD., and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD.

Health At Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

Society changes when enough people decide that something is seriously wrong and recognize that there is a viable alternative for change.

To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge. As word spreads, this will show others our strength in numbers. We'll hasten institutional change by demonstrating that there is a large audience for HAES-affirming practices.

From Linda Bacon: I've created the HAES Pledge, Registry, and Resource List with support and advice from members of the HAES community. My intent is to strengthen the HAES movement: to help support people in adopting HAES and to help those of us in the HAES community get better connected and develop our ideas. Follow the links to learn more about my books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Misunderstand, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, co-authored with Dr. Lucy Aphramor. Or, to learn more about my work in general, visit www.LindaBacon.org.