Body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness are among the most well-known risk factors for eating disorders. The impossible standards of beauty held up by mainstream media only contribute to their development and the myth that health can be determined by someone’s weight. A person’s shape and size is largely determined by one’s genetics.
Can You Tell Anything By a Person’s Weight?
Unfortunately, in our culture weight and health are often equated with one another. It might be surprising to know that weight stigma hurts both thin and fat people. For people of all sizes who are struggling with disordered eating, it is clear that a huge factor in their misery is almost always the worry that they will be humiliated and rejected because of their weight - no matter what their weight is. Learn more.
Every Body Is Different
Genetics influence bone structure, body size, shape, and weight differently in every person. Learn more.
What is Health at Every Size?
Everyone can adopt healthy habits for overall well-being, no matter what one’s shape or size may be. Health at Every Size is weight-neutral, encouraging an intuitive approach to honoring one’s hunger cues, engaging in healthy activity and recognizing the many important health indicators, rather than an over-emphasis on weight. Learn more.
The Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are complex conditions that arise from a variety of factors, including physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social issues. Media images that help to create cultural definitions of beauty and attractiveness are often acknowledged as being among those factors contributing to the rise of eating disorders. Learn more.