Health At Every Size: a compassionate, effective approach for helping individuals with weight-related concerns--Part II

AAOHN J. 2007 May;55(5):185-92. doi: 10.1177/216507990705500503.


The underlying goal of traditional approaches to weight and health is for individuals to be smaller (i.e., lose weight). Little evidence exists supporting the efficacy of such approaches and concern is mounting that they may be causing harm. An effective, compassionate approach to issues of weight and health--Health At Every Size (HAES)--acknowledges the naturally existing diversity in body shapes and sizes, the ineffectiveness and dangers of dieting for weight loss, the importance of relaxed eating in response to internal body clues, and the critical contribution of social, emotional, spiritual, and physical factors to health and happiness. Occupational health nurses can use the HAES approach at the worksite to assist employees with effectively addressing their weight-related concerns.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Body Size*
  • Empathy
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Helping Behavior
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Occupational Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology