It's a social movement aimed at helping everyone love themselves no matter what their weight. On today's To Your Health, Catherine Hansen has more on the move toward health at any size.
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(Catherine Hansen - Reporter:)
Big or small, short or tall, our bodies are all made differently. Enhancing health, size and self-acceptance, the joy of movement, and an end to weight bias - are all pieces of the 'Health At Every Size Movement' - which hopes to take the focus off weight into acceptance.
(Flo Sheppard - Northern Health Dietician:)
"To support the health of others, we need to be aware of, recognize and appreciate that healthy people come in many different shapes and sizes. And we also need to support people of all shapes and sizes to engage in activity and eating in ways that make sense for them."
We have all seen negative images in the media, and weight bias can occur anywhere, from home, school to health care or social settings. There is now concrete evidence that shows the impact of weight bias can have a negative impact on health.
"Basically weight bias is a negative attitude towards children or adults that are outside what's considered 'the normal' in terms of weight. And it can sound like verbal comments, it can be social exclusion, it can be bullying, it can even be physical in some ways, so it can really escalate."
Sheppard says there continues to be a need for resources to make healthy living happen. Not everyone has the money to spend on healthy choices, especially during the winter months.
"If you compare the cost of two litres of milk to two litres of pop, milk is often double the price of pop. So you can see where sometimes you're making choices for filling your belly than for quality, so we need to be mindful of that. And think about supporting people, even in terms of our donations to food aid programs like food banks, making cash donations or even making donations that are higher quality."
Sheppard recommends acceptance over all, and a focus on behaviour, not weight. That includes eating an affordable appropriate diet, and moving your body in ways that are appropriate for you. To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.
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