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Health, Not Diets

Training and workshops in the Non-Diet Approach

For the Public: 

It is apparent that the practice of dieting for the vast majority of people with weight concern is unhelpful. You deserve care and timely treatment that does not discriminate against you on the basis of your body size or shape. A dietitian using the non-diet approach principles can help you to better health without dieting in the context of your own family, medical, lifestyle, weight and dieting history. Clinical trials have shown that the non-diet approach can have widespread benefits, including decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol, decreasing blood pressure, decreasing body dissatisfaction and depression, increasing physical activity levels and fitness, and long term weight stability - much healthier than continuing to yoyo! 

If your eating patterns and weight struggle are a considerable cause of distress for you a psychologist or counsellor may be able to help you to see the world and yourself from a new, more compassionate, perspective. Psychologists and counsellors who use the non-diet approach can work alongside a non-diet approach dietitian or independently if you are free from diet-disease risk factors.

Many other health and fitness professionals also practice within the Health at Every Size (R) framework. Having a team of people around you who are all focussed on encouraging healthy behaviours without the intention of body weight or shape change can be very helpful considering how weight-focussed the world can seem at times. Please see the links on this page to find someone who fits your needs.

Have you moved from body hate to body acceptance?

We're seeking stories, poetry or artwork that describes your personal experience of moving from body hate to body acceptance for an anthology of 25 stories to be published internationally as an ebook and softcover.

Health professionals and their clients sometimes find it difficult to understand the lived experience of moving from body hate to body acceptance. This anthology of lived accounts will provide both a supportive resource for people struggling with body image issues as well as important lessons in the benefits and nuances of this paradigm shift for medical, health, fitness and wellness professionals.  

Personal stories are powerful. Grappling with the news that long term intentional weight loss is unlikely is difficult when diet culture has told you otherwise for your whole life. Your personal story could help people when they need it most; right when they are deciding whether to finally make peace with their bodies and push back against toxic cultural body standards.

Can you help? For more information please see the flyer here.

To express your interest in the project, please fill in the form here.

Submissions are due by 30th March 2018 for publication during 2018.

To find your closest non-diet approach health professionals you can try the following:

- The registry of health professionals on the HAES Australia website

- The registry of health professionals who have completed Rick Kausman's If Not Dieting training

- The registry of HAES (Health at Every Size) experts at The Association for Size Diversity and Health