Healthy At Every Size (HAES)

By: Nikki Nies

It can’t be emphasized how much one’s BMI has to be assessed with a culmination of other factors.  While BMI is the quickest, easiest way to calculate one’s health status, it’s noted that it comes with flaws.

For example, if someone is listed to have a BMI of 27.7. That’s technically almost 3 BMI points “overweight”, but it’s important to assess the proportion of muscle and fat.  For an individual with a BMI of 27.7, they can still be considered healthy and can be considered “Healthy at Every Size” (HAES).  logo

HAES is an initiative based on the premise that the best way to improve one’s health is to honor one’s body. Instead of emphasizing weight control, HAES focuses on adopting healthier habits for overall wellness and health.

HAES focus includes:

  • Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
  • Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
  • Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.

As the new peace movement, HAES recognizes health can be achieved independently in regards to size. To show your commitment to HAES, sign the HAES Pledge at to show your support!


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