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Obesity stigma is common in our society, and a general stigma towards obesity has also been documented in physicians. We hypothesized that physician respect for patients would be lower in patients with higher body mass index (BMI).
METHODS: We analyzed data from the baseline visit of 40 physicians and 238 patients enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of patient-physician communication. The independent variable was BMI, and the outcome was physician respect for the patient. We performed Poisson regression analyses with robust variance estimates, accounting for clustering of patients within physicians, to examine the association between BMI and physician ratings of respect for particular patients.
This article by Eric M. Matheson, MS, MD, Dana E. King, MS, MD, and Charles J. Everett, PhD demonstrates that “Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a signiﬁcant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index.”
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International No Diet Day was established in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, the director of the British anti-diet campaign Diet Breakers. This article is about how and why she began International No Diet Day.
Promotion of the weight-centered health paradigm through weight reduction policies and programs may lead to negative health outcomes such as eating disorders, mental health issues and harms from weight cycling and social stigmatization. This study asked why the weight-centered paradigm is uncritically relied upon in public policy and identified effective alternatives to it. Methods used to explore this were discourse analysis of policy documents, case studies of research on Health at Every Size and stakeholder interviews to evaluate policy alternatives. Three policy options are recommended for government adoption: i) weight bias training for health care professionals; ii) framing health promotion in “healthy weight” not “obesity reduction” language; and iii) ensuring health surveillance is not limited to measuring weight alone and involves tracking for unintended outcomes (e.g. eating disorders). A further recommendation suggests that eating disorder prevention professionals take a lead role in advocating for health- rather than weight-centered approaches.
Have you ever worked with a therapist/health professional and wished that s/he understood the non-diet/HAES approach? Or, do you have colleagues that you would like to educate more as to what Health at Every Size is all about? This article was featured in the Psychotherapy Networker magazine, the largest national magazine for mental health professionals. This article by Judith Matz is the perfect introduction to the field of psychology for Health at Every Size ideas.
It’s well documented that men make more money in the same positions that their female counterparts do, and with this incredible article by Timothy Judge and Daniel Cable, we now have the evidence showing that fat people make less money than their thin counterparts.
Current guidelines recommend that “overweight” and “obese” individuals lose weight through engaging in lifestyle modification involving diet, exercise and other behavior change. This approach reliably induces short term weight loss, but the majority of individuals are unable to maintain weight loss over the long term and do not achieve the putative benefits of improved morbidity and mortality. Concern has arisen that this weight focus is not only ineffective at producing thinner, healthier bodies, but may also have unintended consequences, contributing to food and body preoccupation, repeated cycles of weight loss and regain, distraction from other personal health goals and wider health determinants, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, other health decrement, and weight stigmatization and discrimination. This concern has drawn increased attention to the ethical implications of recommending treatment that may be ineffective or damaging.
This article is by Judith Matz, LCSW and Ellen Frankel, LCSW, Co-authors of The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care
Find more of their amazing work at http://www.dietsurvivors.com.
This article, by Linda Bacon, PhD and Judith Matz, LCSW, was published in the November/December issue of Diabetes Self-Management and is intended to serve as a valuable resource for people who have diabetes and who are looking for ways to care for themselves without a weight loss focus. There is a strong HAES perspective with great information about ASDAH and other ways to care for oneself while living with diabetes.
Author of Health at Every Size, Linda Bacon, has released more letters for all of us to use in our fight against size discrimination and in our journeys to spread the message about Health at Every Size as a superior model for increased health. Enjoy this one, which addresses those people who think that accepting people of all sizes is a dangerous practice.
One of the problems preventing people from exercising more regularly is believing that their bodies do not already meet the requisite criteria for beauty and that they are therefore not allowed to be a part of public - or even private - locations where bodies are the primary focus: gyms, parks, pools, beaches, etc. Recognizing the need and the desire of people of all shapes and sizes to get up and move their bodies regularly, Greg Kline has a series of suggestions for how people’s needs can be heard and addressed.
Food is advertised in a very sensual way, almost as a means of convincing women to forget men and just put all of their emotional baggage into food. We must be wary of advertising done in this fashion, and this article will explain how it’s done and how to see through it.
GO GIRLS! (Giving Our Girls Inspiration and Resources for Lasting Self-Esteem) is a program developed by Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, Inc. (EDAP; http://www.edap.org). Its goal is to prevent the development of eating disorders among high school students through media literacy education, media activism, and media advocacy (1). Media literacy education involves enhancing participants’ ability to analyze critically messages in various media forms and to create media messages that reflect an alternative viewpoint (2). The media activism component relates to changing the media through protesting or praising particular media products. Media advocacy involves using the media to communicate messages in the participants’ own words with the goal of changing important aspects of their environment.
As consumers we are not powerless to approach the media forces that be and demand change of them. The process to change the images that young women are provided with will not be quick and it will be a series of battles rather than a larger war, but with a little community activism, we can change the way that young girls grow up perceiving themselves. This article is about one professors experiences, both in and outside the classroom, doing just that.
Few doubt that the mass media portrayal of body image has a dramatic developmental effect on girls in our society. This article reviews some of the primary theories about this phenomenon and the available research on the subject.
Despite the many benefits of women and girls becoming increasingly involved in athletics, this fact comes with an increased risk of eating disorders. The factors that lead to eating disorders, in part, can be analyzed and understood in order to better mitigate them in the future and prevent further disordered eating among young female athletes. This article discusses and analyzes those factors and proposes ways to limit eating disordered behavior.
Pat Ballard has decided to write a peace treaty with her body in order to combat the negative effects of the War on Obesity. This declaration is 10 articles strong, and we recommend you read it and take the pledge.
As dangerous as the side effects of regular weight loss can be when weight cycling is taken into account, rapid weight loss poses its own set of serious dangers. This article details the kind of research that has already been done in this field and explains the consequences of rapidly losing weight.
Dr. Jon Robison wrote this amazing Special Report that was published by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). It discusses the detrimental affects of obsessing about weight loss and dieting and following a weight-centered approach to health rather than a behavior centered one. These ten steps are excellent suggestions for how to begin living your life now the way it should be lived.
A triad of problems has been known to occur in athletic women and also women who are very thin. Efforts to combat these three illnesses and their collective appearance has been made, and this article discusses ways that such women can be approached and treated to restore optimum health.
Though the authors of this article write that, “Combining the basic ideas of intuitive eating with body size acceptance may be a promising approach for optimal physical and mental health,” it is not entirely clear that they believe this themselves. Rather than analyze Intuitive Eating in order to evaluate its health benefits, this article explores Intuitive Eating for its potential - and as of yet unproven - ability to result in weight loss. Though a curious combination of opinions, this is not an uncommon approach.
The number of deaths attributed to obesity is consistently over-estimated in studies that fail to account for a variety of essential mitigating factors. This essay takes a look at some of those figures and assesses the problems with them.
This article is written for the health care professional who wants to begin learning how to implement a Health at Every Size approach to lifestyle and behavior with patients. This is, admittedly, a challenging task at first that takes some getting used to, especially considering the pressure from most health care providers to simply recommend weight loss. However, with practice and the derivative results in patients’ health, it will be seen how beneficial a move to the new Health at Every Size paradigm is.