ASDAH Announces “No Body Left Behind - The HAESsm Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health and Wellness”

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The Association for Size Diversity and Health's Educational Conference Features New Research Supporting Efficacy of Health At Every Size(SM) as well as the Premiere of Darryl Roberts’ New Film

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is pleased to announce its new Educational Conference entitled “No BODY Left Behind – The HAES(SM) Model: Ensuring an Inclusive Approach to Health and Wellness”. The conference, to be held at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay from August 12 through August 14, 2011, will focus on the need for respectful and effective health care to be accessible to people of all shapes and sizes. Highlights of the conference will include a Keynote on the recently published article in Nutrition Journal concluding that prescribing weight loss is ineffectual and unethical presented by authors Dr. Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, RD; a session led by ASDAH president Deb Lemire on the need to incorporate Health at Every Size (HAES)SM education in the training of healthcare providers; Jennifer Copeland and Peter Jaberg who will discuss their research-based conceptualization of weight bias in health care, and the San Francisco premiere of Darryl Roberts’ highly anticipated new film, completed and direct-from-the-studio, “America the Beautiful: Health for Sale.”

Health At Every Size(SM) or HAES(SM) is a primary topic of the conference. The HAES(SM) approach to health calls for a shift away from an emphasis on weight management to an emphasis on healthy behaviors, regardless of an individual’s size or shape. This approach suggests that health and wellness professionals focus on a patient’s lifestyle as opposed to a number on a scale.

“Often we hear of fat people so disheartened by the treatment they have received at the hands of medical professionals, they stop seeking health care altogether,” said ASDAH President Deb Lemire. “One of the primary goals of this conference is to help people re-engage in a positive relationship with the healthcare providers in their lives, as well as help medical and other health professionals understand how to offer competent, respectful and compassionate care to patients of all sizes."

The conference is paying more than lip service to the concept of inclusion in health and wellness. Attendees are invited to participate, both in the fitness demonstrations led by licensed fitness instructor, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick), and in live demonstrations depicting challenging health care situations and breakout groups on Sunday where attendees will work together to strategize practical solutions to ensure inclusiveness in modern health care.

“It’s one thing to talk about how a healthcare provider and patient should relate to one another in a clinical situation, and a very different thing to actually do it,” said conference co-chair, Dana Schuster. “This conference will allow attendees to practice their skills, as well as draw on their experience, knowledge, and ideas to provide an opportunity for everyone present to work together to find common, real-world solutions.”

The conference is open to ASDAH members and nonmembers alike. Those interested are invited to register at

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is an international professional organization started in 2003. It is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, whose diverse membership is committed to the principles of Health At Every Size(SM) HAES(SM).

The HAES(SM) (Health At Every SizeSM) movement is a continuously evolving alternative to the weight-centered approach to treating clients and patients of all sizes. It is also a movement working to promote size acceptance, end weight discrimination, and lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness. You can learn more about ASDAH and HAES(SM) on the organization’s website at

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