Health at Every Size

Health at Every Size is a philosophy that encourages and promotes a healthy body image in both men and women by providing information regarding overall health and fitness. The aim of Health at Every Size is to improve self-esteem and reduce obsession with weight loss techniques. Health at Every Size does not promote either uncontrolled eating or a disregard of healthy weight. There are similar campaigns, such as No Body Shame (, which focuses on individuals “loving and accepting themselves as they are.” Many of these campaigns promote healthy lifestyles and habits, as well as maintenance of physical and mental health.

After reading “What Is Health at Every Size?” consider the questions below. Then submit your responses.

Question 1

Which of the following is NOT a tenet of the Health at Every Size philosophy?

Question 2


Question 3

Answers will vary. One possibility: Health at Every Size focuses on healthy living rather than on fixing a problem area or focusing on a flaw. It also does not encourage dieting or weight-loss techniques.

Question 4

Answers will vary. One possibility: The program could address excessive exercising and weight lifting as potential signs of unhealthy habits. Male support groups may also be helpful in enabling males to feel more comfortable discussing their feelings about body acceptance.

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