ASDAH Launches New Blog Exploring a Health at Every Size℠ Approach to Wellness

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The Association for Size Diversity and Health Taps Four Prominent Members to Share HAES℠ Insights at

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is pleased to announce the launch of the organization's new blog today. The blog located at went live today with a new post by prominent member Linda Bacon, PhD. Dr. Bacon is one of four invited by The Association for Size Diversity and Health to contribute once a month to create the weekly blog . Members Deb Burgard, PhD; Linda Bacon, PhD; Jon Robison, PhD and Michelle May, M.D. work in diverse fields and have been key to bringing the Health At Every Size℠ message to the academic, eating disorder, medical and corporate communities. The blog will also be moderated by another member well known in the HAES℠ community--Dr. Deah Schwartz.

“We have asked each of the bloggers to challenge us on how to address weight and diet and nutrition and physical activity and stigma and discrimination and all that our culture has deemed to wrap in a so-called obesity crisis,” said ASDAH President, Deb Lemire. “We are no longer content with sitting in the back of the room, listening politely as policy makers, the media, and the food, diet and health industry, dictate how this is going to play out. We are done asking for a seat at the table, we are taking one.”

The blog is an important milestone for ASDAH as they prepare for their upcoming Educational Conference entitled “No Body Left Behind – The HAES℠ 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. Those interested in the conference are encouraged to apply soon, as early bird pricing will end June 15, 2011.

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; First Do No Harm: HAES℠ Education in Healthcare and Bridging the Gap Between the Eating Disorders and Health At Every Size℠ Worlds with ASDAH president Deb Lemire and Joslyn Smith and Doris Smeltzer; Jennifer Copeland and Peter Jaberg who will discuss their research-based conceptualization of weight bias in health care; an amazing panel of experts including : Stephanie Brooks, RD; Fall Ferguson, JD, MA; Judith Matz, LCSW; Laura McKibbin, LICSW and the San Francisco premiere of Darryl Roberts’ highly anticipated new film, completed and direct-from-the-studio, “America the Beautiful: The Thin Commandments, Does America have an unhealthy obsession with dieting .”

“Both the new blog and the conference are tools we can use to bring awareness of and dialog about the Health At Every Size℠ approach to a whole new level,” said Lemire. “The conference program is amazing and we expect the slots to fill up quickly. Folks who are interested should register soon in order to secure their place and take advantage of the early bird discount.”

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℠ (HAES).

The HAES (Health At Every Size℠) 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℠ on the organization’s website at


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