Interest in Health at Every Size (HAES) is growing fast. People are tired of diets, tired of feeling like failures, and tired of being scared of food. They are excited to find a paradigm that respects the diversity of human bodies and starts from the very basic premise that they can trust themselves, a paradigm that respects pleasure rather than denial.
We're at a transition point. Many people are ready to move on from feeling shame about their bodies and being preoccupied with their weight, yet our institutions are still mired in damaging old-school thought. Large publishers hesitate to publish Health at Every Size books, worried that only books promising weight loss will sell. Many health professionals and organizations cling to the belief that fear-mongering about weight and promising weight loss motivate people to improve their health practices. The mainstream media is reluctant to give Health at Every Size sufficient air time, apparently convinced that reinforcing people's weight insecurities generates more attention. To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge.
Individuals who have signed the HAES pledge can become a part of the HAES Registry. The Registry is a database that allows you to enter information about your HAES-related work or activities, to foster awareness of what you do and allow others to contact you. If you haven't signed the HAES pledge yet, follow this link first.
The database is freely searchable by location and keywords. Looking for a psychotherapist who will support you in kicking the diet habit? How about an artist to design your book cover? A videographer experienced with delivering HAES content? A musician with a "love your body" message? An academic who recognizes fat studies as a legitimate field of inquiry? An activist to come speak at your school and challenge the status quo? You'll find them all - and more - in the database! Click here to search the Registry.
The HAES Resource List provides information about organizations, websites, blogs, books, and other media that support HAES. Click here to view the HAES Resources or click here to add your resource to the list.
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.