Health At Every Size®
Health At Every Size
(HAES) is a registered trademark of the
Association for Size
Diversity & Health
and used with
12 Steps to Health at
Dr. Elam on
HAES | Kelly
Bliss, M.Ed. on HAES
What's Health At Every Size? It's an approach to health and well-being that celebrates
natural diversity in body size, encouraging people to stop focusing on weight (or any numbers on a scale,
BMI, or calorie/fat/carbohydrate chart), dieting, or other weight loss efforts in favor of listening to and
respecting their natural appetites for food, drink, sleep, rest, and
See the links at the bottom of this page for more resources on Health At Every Size.
The basic principles of Health At Every Size
(HAESSM) as outlined by the Association for Size
Diversity & Health are:
Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include
physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger,
satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity,
rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.
Health At Every Size (sometimes referred to as Health At Any Size, or
Health For All Sizes) is a solution to health concerns that helps people live well without encouraging
or reinforcing size/weight prejudices or phobias, poor body image, or eating disorders—or the negative health
consequences of dieting-related weight loss and regain.
Pearlsong Press endorses Health At Every Size, and promises that
every book and product we publish or offer for sale, if published by another company, celebrates size
diversity or at least does not contradict it.
We won't guarantee that all novels' heroes and heroines are Big and Beautiful like Pat
Ballard's—but they won't be "fattist," either, unless, possibly, that's clearly written as a
character flaw. Similarly, some nonfiction, such as Anne Richardson Williams's moving
Unconventional Means, won't deal specifically with size, weight, or physical health
issues, but it also won't reinforce negative attitudes about weight (or age or gender or
If you see any deviation from the above in one of our books or other products, please let us
know. And let us know of any other HAES-friendly books, authors, or other offerings you recommend adding to
Peggy Elam, Ph.D.
President & Publisher
Health At Every Size friendly
Dr. Elam article on
HAES | More of Me to Love
website | People of Size
website | Declaration of Taking Up
Space | Health At Every Size online
community | HAES radio
show | Big Fat Blog | Association for Size Diversity &
Health (ASDAH) | Council on Size & Weight
Discrimination | National Association to Advance Fat
Acceptance (NAAFA) | Fat Friendly
Professionals | FAT!SO? | Body Positive | Plus Size Yellow
Pages | Kelly Bliss | Fit Fatties Forum | Dances With Fat
blog | The Fat Chick Works Out | Curvy Yoga | Make Peace With Yourself (Kelly Bliss
Connections | Make Love, Not War on
Obesity | The Ample
Traveler | Size Matters Radio
Show | 12 Steps to Health At Every
Size | Linda Bacon, Ph.D. website
Some Health At Every Size friendly Pearlsong books