ASDAH Encourages Communities to Ease Food Fears During National Nutrition Month

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The Association for Size Diversity & Health, an international organization of health professionals, scientists and activists, recommends that community and national programming during National Nutrition Month in March -- as well as other months -- focus on a key principle of Health At Every Size.

In celebrating National Nutrition Month this March, the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) encourages communities to embrace one of the key principles in the Health At Every Size approach to wellness: promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.

"Our members are seeing an increasing number of clients, both adults and children, who have developed a fear of food," says ASDAH President Deb Lemire. "The increased pressure to lose weight or fight obesity leaves many unable to navigate their way to habits that not only provide adequate nutrition but allow them to enjoy their food and the company in which they share it."

Such fear can not only lead to nutritional deficits but can escalate and result in eating disorders, she says.

ASDAH recommends that community and national programming, such as Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, take a more holistic approach to nutrition education with the understanding that food not only meets our physiological needs but plays an important role in our social and psychological well-being.

ASDAH is an international organization composed of health professionals, scientists and activists committed to promoting all aspects of health and well-being for all populations. Its principles of Health At Every Size recognize the multidimensionality of health and well-being and promote balanced eating and enjoyable physical activity, rather than eating or exercise focused on weight loss.

For more information on Health At Every Size, or to find a nutritionist, dietitian, or other professional who works from a Health At Every Size perspective, visit the ASDAH website at


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