Embrace: HAES

Monday, Monday.  We meet again.  But this time, instead of a giveaway, we have a giveaway winner and she is #4:

Congratulations, Erin!  I will email you with details about your spoils.  And for everyone else, do not despair, because you can still use this discount code on your order at Balancing Act Clothing: RUNBLOG04.  I should also add that because Alissa is so awesome, she is willing to help you get what you’re looking for if there’s a style that you can’t find in your size or in the color you want on the website.  If this is the case, get in touch with me and I can pass on her contact information.  Also note that if you do want to go this route, you’ll need to give her an additional week for your order.  Not bad considering the fact that you’re getting a custom shirt!  Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, I hope you’ll all hop on over to BAC and get yourself a lovely tee.

And now that the excitement is over, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming.  Tonight, I want to encourage you to embrace a concept.  It’s something I’ve written about before, and that I tend to talk about a lot; however, I do like to belabor my points (especially when I think they’re good ones), so I’m not giving up on this one just yet, especially given how rampant fat-shaming and fat-hatred is in our society.  As I indicated, this is something that is on my mind pretty frequently, and with the recent (not to mention embarrassing) anti-child-obesity campaigns in Georgia, the release of Shape-Ups for girls, and studies that suggest that spending time with fat people will make everyone fat (OH MY GOD THE HUMANITY!!), it seems like it’s more acceptable than ever to use assumptions and stereotypes based for the most part on personal prejudice to discriminate against a population based on its physical appearance.  And because this is wrong, and because it should stop, I encourage you to embrace the concept of Health at Every Size.

It’s simple, it requires very little effort and energy, and it could change the world.  As the HAES Community website states, HAES supports:

-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.

To show your commitment to HAES and do your part to end fat-shaming and fat-prejudice, sign the pledge, blog about it, and talk openly to people about how judging people based on their weight is no different from judging them based on their sexuality, religious beliefs, skin color, or anything else about them.  Maybe if we start making more noise, more people will start to listen.

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5 comments

  1. i am pretty sure we’re on the same page regarding people-of-every-size. however, i do still think that obesity is an issue. i’m not saying everyone needs to be size 0, but one of my sisters did put on weight and is unhealthy-er after living with other larger, unhealthy friends in college. but like i said, i think we are on the same page as far as a size 8-10 is just as healthy as a 00.

    1. I agree that obesity is an issue, but I think the way it’s addressed by the media and society in general just fuels the trend of fat-shaming and prejudice. And then that, in turn, tends to encourage situations in which people who are suffering from prejudice turn to food for comfort, and the situation perpetuates itself.

      The main thing, though, with Health at Every Size (and this is what I really want to get across to people) is that it supports and encourages breaking down the commonly held idea that health is determined by the size of your body or the size of the clothes you wear. Like you pointed out, a person who is a size 00 can be unhealthy while someone who is a size 14 can exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, and have no health problems to speak of; however, the assumption people are going to make upon looking at the two of them side by side is probably that the size 00 woman is healthy and the other woman isn’t.

      Of course it’s a complicated issue, and there’s a lot more to it than just saying, “This sort of prejudice should stop” (even though that’s not going to stop me from saying it), but I think that HAES carries a message that a lot of people haven’t really processed in spite of the fact that it makes total sense, and that’s what I really want to see get broken down.

      And now I’ll step off my soapbox!

  2. i changed my mind after i hit post — sometimes a 00 is less healthy than an 8-10, as we all know…

    but yeah. i think you know what i mean.

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