Being Thin Doesn't Mean Healthy: Learn to Love Your Body No Matter the Size

Nov 19, 2015 07:32 PM EST | By Pao Uychiat

Loving the body that you have, this is what people always say. Being beautiful doesn't mean you have to be thin. After all, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Health US News said that a movement encourages everyone to make peace with our bodies. Health at Any Size is the organization that urges people to follow through on the campaign to love and make peace with their body.

Oprah Winfrey for instance, spent her life being dissatisfied with her weight. She has tried every weight-loss program imaginable and in the end try her best to regain the weight lost.

She invested in a diet program, and with her influence, she tried to persuade people to join her weight-loss quest. She has a big advantage because she is rich and can try many different weight-loss programs, but in a way it still didn't sustain her weight loss.

As per House Bill H.R. 2404 (the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015, when this is passed and becomes a law, companies like the Weight Watchers may lose their services to Medicare which might have a service specifically devoted to war against obesity. Regardless of how Oprah and companies like Weight Watchers change their slogan, no matter how they change it, it is still the same diet program to begin with.

Doing the same thing over and over but expecting to get different results is insanity. It is both sad and depressing to see many people getting caught up in this yo-yo diet program. When they lose weight, they become poised and happy about themselves. However, when the weight begins to come back they feel like failures, they start to feel ashamed and depressed and stressed which can lead to poor health results.

Health and happiness should be the goal, if people have this kind of goal, there is a better way. HAES or Health in Every Size is an organization that encourages people to make peace and love their bodies. Their principle is to create and develop healthy habits for a better health and not weigh control. The organizations supporters said that the traditional weight-loss method doesn't led to permanent weight loss for almost everyone. They believe that health is a result of behaviors that is different from body weight.

HAES supporters teach respect, including respect for body diversity. HAES encourages compassionate self-care, learning to be sensitive to our body's cues of hunger and satisfaction, and realizing that it's normal for the consumption of food to be pleasurable and guilt free. HAES principles encourage individuals to find the joy in moving and being physically active. I highly recommend that you read "Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight," by Linda Bacon, Ph.D., for a fuller understanding of this lifestyle choice.

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