I have great respect for my chiropractor, Dr. Barbro Brost at the Brost Clinic. She has helped me with most of my health care needs for the past 20+ years and I adore her.
This flyer in the photo is promoting the new program that the Brost Clinic is now offering. It made me very sad. At my appointment yesterday we had a long chat about health and fat. Dr. Brost has been made to believe that 80% of all health problems are due to being overweight.
This is 180 degrees from where I have come to be on this conversation. I used to believe that fat was at the root of a lot of illnesses and body pain and dysfunction. That was until I learned about the concept of Health At Every Size (HAES).
Here is a succinct summary of the HAES Tenants from University of New Hampshire Health Services.
In reality, I think most of us are on the same page. We want folks to have happy, healthy, productive lives. It's the getting there that gets muddled up. I love these basics of Health At Every Size (HAES):
Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control). Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
Again, it took me a lot of time, seminars, conferences, talking with professionals who teach these concepts to really embrace these ideas. It is so much more respectful and puts the responsibility back on each of us for our own lives.
I was very disheartened to hear my chiropractor say that as part of the new electronic record keeping, measuring BMI and encouraging weight loss will be required of the medical providers. I for one am saying NO to being weighed. They can put non-compliant or whatever they want in that box.
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