If fat acceptance opposes dieting on the grounds that it’s ineffective, what’s a better way to be healthy?
Health At Every Size, yo.
What is HAES?
Health At Every Size principles seek to de-couple notions of weight from notions of health, and emphasizes eating healthy foods and exercising because it’s good for us, not because we are trying to lose weight.
Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
Okay, so I’m not sure I believe “finding the joy in moving one’s body” is always a realistic goal when you just really, really hate exercise. (I hate everything that is not bike riding. Preferably somewhere flat.) And I’m not sure it’s possible for everyone to learn to eat “intuitively,” either…some people just plain do not like vegetables. But the point is, it’s possible for a fat person to adopt a healthier lifestyle without losing a significant amount of weight. Considering the rate at which diets fail, and the health concerns involved with that, I don’t think the answer is “find some magical way to make diets suddenly work in the longterm for people.” The answer is to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise. As many fat people already do.