These programs do not save money, do not improve health and for the vast majority of folks who participate do not produce sustained weight loss – leading to ongoing weight cycling with a host of potential attendant negative psychological and physiological consequences. Instead of wasting valuable resources on programs that attempt to make people smaller, or prescriptive-nutrition and physical activity initiatives that end up appealing to few folks who might really benefit from them, organizations can instead invest in approaches and programs that help people find peace with their bodies, their food and their movement; something that can benefit people of all sizes and shapes.
Health For Every Body®
Our Health for Every Body® (HFEB®) employee program is based on the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) philosophy, approach and movement with which I have been intimately involved as a national leader for almost two decades. The HAES® approach helps people who are struggling with weight-related concerns to attain a more peaceful relationship with their bodies and their food by honoring and caring for the bodies that they presently have. It is an evidence-based approach that helps people to improve the quality of their lives without the frustration, high dropout and iatrogenic consequences that routinely accompany traditional weight loss interventions.3
Health for Every Body® is an on-site, 10-week (or 8-week) program based on the principles of Health At Every Size® that offers employees a unique, evidence-based approach for making peace with their food and their bodies. It was developed originally from a successful randomized controlled trial and retested and validated by us at a real-life quasi-experimental venue at a hospital in Mason City, Iowa.4 We have overseen the implementation of this program in 15 cities over the past two years and have been delighted with the feedback from participants:
“The Health for Every Body® workshop was fantastic and we each left today, the last meeting, feeling better than we did when we started on the nonjudgmental journey of self-acceptance. It is a daily struggle, but we are now more equipped and aware, which is half the battle.”
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- National Business Group on Health.http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/benefits/articles/pages/wellness-spending-up.aspx
- Robison, J., Putnam, K., and McKibbin, L. “Health at Every Size: A Compassionate, EffectiveApproach for Helping Individuals With Weight-Related Concerns — Part II.” AAOHN Journal.55.5 (2007). 185-192.
- Bacon, L., Stern, J.S., Van Loan, M.D., and Keim, N.L. “Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health for Obese, Female Chronic Dieters.” Journal of the American Dietetics Association. 105 (2005). 929-936.; Schaefer, J.T., and Magnuson, A.B. “A Review of Interventions that Promote Eating by Internal Cues.” Journal of the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics. 114 (2014). 734-760.
- Robison, et. al., “Health.”; Bacon, et. al., “Size Acceptance.”