Here at Metrowest Nutrition, we’re proudly known to operate from a HAES model.
If you’re new to Metrowest Nutrition or the HAES method, we’re happy to explain a bit further!
Alternate to the traditional weight-centric model we’re all too familiar with, the HAES, meaning ‘Health At Every Size’ approach is weight-neutral; weight is removed from the health equation.
HAES clinicians recognize that weight loss efforts fail long-term, causing major harm to the body, both mentally and physically. This ultimately results in overall poorer health status than what you began with, pre-diet. You know, exactly the thing you weren’t going for!
We love the HAES model because it empowers individuals of all sizes to form sustainable lifestyle behaviors that support overall health, regardless of the impact on weight status. This is so important because research shows the damaging effects of internalized weight stigma which can’t be separated from the impact of weight status, alone. ^1
This means there are lasting negative psychological, and physical effects of the dieting cycle and ever-present yo-yoing of weight. Which, all of this is also well documented.
Yet, how often do we see mountains of research connecting obesity to disease? This disconnect is largely due to bias in the literature (weight stigma spills into the medical field too!), and the inability to separate the impact of behaviors and the internalized stigma from the impact of weight, itself. To date, we’ve actually found no causal relationship between the two, just an association.
Unfortunately today, it’s very hard to find medical providers, particularly internal medicine doctors, who are HAES-aligned. This is why I was SO thrilled to come across this article on the blog of a new membership-based, medical practice in the Boston area. The article highlights how a number of new year’s resolutions aren’t actually weight-related! This is great news!
From the article, we’re not 100% sure that all the doctors in this practice are weight neutral as this article may indicate, however, it is very reassuring to see medical practices finally talking about HAES aligned practices!
Here at Metrowest Nutrition, we’re feeling optimistic about others following suit, particularly as the body positive movement takes hold and clients are demanding it!
To learn more about the HAES approach, you can go here: https://haescommunity.com/.
To read the blog of a new membership-based medical practice in the Boston area:
1: (Bacon and Aphramor Nutrition Journal 2011, 10:9 / Tylka et al Journal of Obesity 2014/ ).