Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) will host its 2013 Educational Conference entitled “Staying the Health At Every Size® Course: Navigating the Weight Debate in the Evolving Healthcare Environment” from June 28 through June 30, 2013. The conference, to be held at the Rosemont Doubletree by Hilton in Chicago, Illinois, will focus on how the changing healthcare environment across the world and current public health policy have heightened an ‘obesity epidemic' attitude. As weight-neutral health advocates in this environment, Health At Every Size® (HAES®) professionals are often in a precarious position caught between two opposing forces. This is the time to speak openly and frankly on not only how to maintain professional integrity in this environment and stand out as experts in a more effective approach, but also to ensure that we give and receive quality healthcare on a personal level.
This year, the conference will feature international presenters from all aspects of the HAES movement, including veteran HAES experts such as researcher and author Linda Bacon, UK registered dietician Lucy Aphramor, and eating disorder specialist and psychotherapist Deb Burgard, as well as a host of HAES practitioners and students reporting from the trenches on how they bring a weight-neutral approach to their various environments.
“One of the primary goals of this conference is to offer health professionals and health advocates resources for surviving and thriving in a weight-hostile health environment,” says ASDAH President Fall Ferguson. “We are in this for the long haul. When the obesity-focused health establishment is at its most dominating, when the sizeist rhetoric becomes its most shrill, it’s important for HAES proponents to have the resources to continue to refocus the debate onto health rather than weight.”
The conference will include an unprecedented number of participatory and experiential components including daily movement workshops, Ferguson noted, and will include programming on: serving on multidisciplinary teams; working through resistance; reframing messaging in schools; best practices for caring for higher weight patients; eating disorders across the weight spectrum; and building resilience as HAES practitioners and advocates. New and emerging research will be presented, along with student poster sessions.
“Perhaps our most important resource is community,” Ferguson commented. “Health professionals come to their first ASDAH conference for the HAES content, and they keep coming back for the community.”
The conference is open to ASDAH members and non-members alike. Those interested are invited to register at http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org.
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 Health At Every Size® (HAES®) principles. The HAES model stands for treating clients and patients of all sizes in a weight-neutral manner and for creating weight-neutral public health approaches. HAES advocates work to promote size acceptance, end weight discrimination, and lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness.
Learn more about ASDAH and the HAES model on the organization’s website at http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org.