What is the HAES® approach?
Author: Katie Susik, Clinical Intern
Date: March 1, 2020
Fat acceptance. What a counter-cultural concept to consider.
Living in the New Digital Age, we have learned through advertising, mass media, and non-inclusive marketing ploys that thinness equates to increased desirability. By being skinny, we will finally be able to achieve happiness. What a sad “truth” we have allowed to infiltrate our minds and hearts.
Imagine, living in a society that wholly embraced difference in size, one that celebrated the beauty and diversity of body types instead of shaming individuals for the physiques they have been honored with.
Cue: Health At Every Size (HAES®), an approach used in therapy to “support people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves” (HAES Community, 2020). At Bricolage, we believe in this inclusive peace movement, that health exists on a continuum and our bodies are our assets not our enemies if we let them.
What are the tenets of HAES® you may be wondering? According to the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), the five principles include:
If you’re interested in incorporating HAES® into your own therapy, we have counselors who are ready to jump in with you. We offer our clients a safe space to challenge the harmful notions we’re being fed. We recognize there is an imminent need for change so that we can live freely and happily in our own skin.
To learn more about HAES®, we encourage you to visit the ASDAH website by CLICKING HERE.