This isn't a thread to debate the health or unhealth of being overweight or obese. Health at Every Size is about making healthy lifestyle changes with the goal of improving health, rather than changing your weight. In other words, Health at Every Size recognizes that lifestyle choices such as eating more vegetables, getting more exercise, or whatever, are valuable in and of themselves
, whether or not they lead to weight loss. Too often, I see people say things like "I was at the gym every day this week and I've been eating so healthy, so why haven't I lost weight?" The truth is that going to the gym regularly and eating healthfully are great all by themselves! Improved health is possible independent of weight loss. Perhaps more importantly, improving your health is much, much easier when you accept and respect the body you have right now
. People who feel bad about themselves are less likely to take good care of themselves. I'm not really sure why people are so against the notion of someone feeling good about themselves and taking steps to be healthier, even if they are overweight or obese.
I intended this as a support thread for people who want to follow HAES or want to learn more about it. If you disagree with the tenets of HAES, please stay out of the thread and/or start a debate in the Compost Heap. Thanks.
Good luck on losing weight....
Are you talking to me, photojess? If so, then this is a bad comment and you should feel bad. It's very rude to wish someone good luck on losing weight if they haven't made it clear that they're trying to. (And in fact, I think I made it very clear that I'm not trying to lose weight, since I follow Health at Every Size.)
Also, I don't believe the blurb above is telling anyone to tell people it is "ok" to be obese. I think the point is that their bodies are their responsibility, and they need to accept them and love them in order to care well for them. That was my take on what I read in that quote. I haven't read the book and don't plan to.
You got it exactly right, veggily.