I’ve been a proponent of size diversity for a long time now, and couldn’t be more thrilled about the recent release of the Health at Every Size (HAES) Curriculum. It was developed through a collaboration of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance. You can download the curriculum for free at http://haescurriculum.com/.
What Does ‘Health At Every Size’ Mean?
It means taking a weight-neutral approach with patients/clients/the general population, and not letting weight bias affect the care and guidance we give people. Just because a person has a larger frame doesn’t mean they don’t have healthy habits, and on the flip-side just because a person is thinner, doesn’t mean that they do. It also takes a balanced approach to eating and promotes mindfulness and enjoyment, rather than restriction around eating.
What Does the Curriculum Include?
The website is a wealth of resources including overview Powerpoints, a section of supplemental materials that contains handouts (for students and instructors), discussion questions, assignments and much much more. There’s even a resource list for additional outside reading.
Who Would Benefit From Reviewing the HAES Curriculum?
The curriculum was developed for college students and health professionals but really anyone could benefit from the education it provides. I feel that it’s important that this movement spread through the health care community, but also throughout all of society as well.
How Can You Implement This Curriculum?
Leave a comment below and let me know how you plan to incorporate this curriculum into your practice/life.