HAES and Weight Loss
HAES practitioners are weight neutral.
Weight neutral means that no value is attached to a changes in weight and that HAES practitioners will not be focused on your weight being a measure of health. The HAES paradigm supports people in listening to and trusting their bodies, and giving up weight cycling (the repetitive cycle of gaining and losing weight via dieting) and its inherent negative health outcomes.
HAES recognises the ineffectiveness and damage caused by weight focused approaches, and instead focuses on behaviour change as a more meaningful and helpful gauge of progress. When people shift from being weight focused to practising HAES skills, sometimes they lose weight, sometimes they gain weight, and most of the time they become weight stable.
But for a HAES practitioner, someone's weight isn't particularly important.
HAES professionals are aware of the large body of evidence that significant improvements in health can occur with behaviour change alone - no weight loss required!
It's important to know that HAES health professionals are not 'anti weight loss', they just don't think that someone's weight is as important as we've been lead to believe.
The shift from being weight focused to weight neutral is a big one, and it can take time to unlearn the obsession with weight that our culture gives us. Many HAES practitioners go through a journey of letting go of weight focus, and it can be a long process.
Here at HAES Australia we have taken time to ensure that everyone who is endorsed as a HAES practitioner on this site is weight neutral. You can be assured that whoever is endorsed here is at peace with the weight neutral message.
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