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Upcoming Events & Resources

Hello all,

I wanted to make you aware of a handful of things!

  1. First, my fellow personal trainer, health coach, and co-leader of our Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Movement workshops, Pam Finney has started a blog including her own personal experiences with intuitively diving into her health and her journey over the years. I highly recommend you read and follow along, as her story is a fantastic one. You can find her first blog post here.
  2. Second, we just finished up the October session of our Intuitive Eating workshop over the weekend, the second of our IE workshops, and it went amazingly! We are excited to keep building and introducing more information, as well as building a solid foundation for those new to our workshops and these concepts at our upcoming workshop events. Here are the upcoming dates, so please shoot myself or Pam an email if you would like to join our community of other awesome participants!
  3. Finally, I wanted to share a bit of the resource list we are using for our workshop series, so that you can do some solo learning or prep yourself with some of the concepts before attending!


    • First off, here is our current book resource list that we are recommending our participants dive into:
        1. Healthy At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
        2. Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon & Lucy Aphramor 
        3. The Fuck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy Book by Caroline Dooner
        4. Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole
        5. Body of Truth: How science, history, and culture drive our obsession with weight- and what we can do about it by Harriet Brown


    • Second, here is a fact sheet on HAES (Healthy at Every Size) provided by the ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health), one of the guiding principles of our work:
      • And a few highlights from the list: 
        • There is considerable scientific evidence supporting the HAES® approach and
          establishing that “obesity” is not the health risk it has been reported to be.

          • Weight and BMI are poor predictors of disease and longevity.2,3,4,5,6 The
              bulk of epidemiological evidence suggests that five pounds “underweight” is
              more dangerous than 75 pounds “overweight.”4,7
          • Multiple studies are suggesting that a focus on weight as a health criterion is
             often misdirected and harmful.8,9,10
          • In a study comparing the HAES® model to a diet approach, though only dieters
             lost weight, both groups initially had similar improvements in metabolic fitness,
             activity levels, psychological measures, and eating behaviors.  After two years,
             dieters had regained their weight and lost the health improvements, while the
             HAES® group sustained their health improvements.11
        • The HAES® approach is based on substantial data which documents that weight
          loss programs are not effective at improving health and often cause harm.

          • Restrictive dieting is an ineffective long-term prescription for “obesity,” as up to 95% of
             dieters regain the weight they lost, and sometimes more, within three years.12,13 
          • Restrictive dieting and weight cycling can lead to physical complications including
             slowed metabolism, reduced muscle tissue and body temperature,
             and eating disorders.14,15
          • Weight-loss surgery (WLS) intentionally damages healthy organs in order to force
             adherence to a restrictive diet and incurs a host of short- and long-term risks
             including death and malnutrition.16,17
        • The HAES® approach focuses on the empirically-validated factors that are associated
          with health and longevity, for people across the weight spectrum. The HAES® approach does not waste money.

          • Using BMI as a proxy for health, traditional approaches misidentify those who
             need intervention.
          • A recent government survey indicated that over half the “overweight” adults
             (51.3%) being targeted are metabolically healthy, and one in four “normal weight”
             (23.5%) metabolically unhealthy adults are overlooked.18
          • Therefore, even assuming weight loss were possible, and that it worked to improve
              health, half of every dollar is wasted and one in five people who need help do not get it.
        • The HAES® approach does not add to the stigma against people of size.
          • One of the major vectors for weight stigma is the well-documented bias against fat people among healthcare providers, policy makers, and those in the weight loss industry.25,26,27
          • The stress of experiencing stigma and discrimination is also believed to account for health disparities seen in minority groups, including individuals of size.28


Thank you all for reading along, and enjoy this fall weather and color while you can!


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