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VIDEO: Can We Really Be Healthy at Any Size?

Judith Matz on Creating a Paradigm Shift Around Dieting and Weight Stigma

Lauren Dockett

According to therapist and author Judith Matz, research shows that diets and weight-loss fads not only often don't work, but that they can do damage, leaving higher-weight people feeling ashamed, depressed, and, in some cases, even gaining more weight than they'd lost during the dieting process.

Matz's go-to approach, the Health at Every Size (HAES) method, treats health as much broader than just a number on a scale. In the following interview with Networker Senior Writer Lauren Dockett, she explains.

Judith Matz, LCSW, is coauthor of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating and The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care. She’s a speaker and trainer with a private practice in Skokie, IL.

As Matz explains, the HAES approach promotes positive, sustainable behaviors around eating, helping clients pay attention to hunger cues, their individual nutritional needs, and ability to exercise comfortably.

"Health is a continuum, and people at both higher and lower weights can be healthy and unhealthy," Matz writes in her Networker article. "The HAES philosophy contends that people of all sizes deserve to pursue—and have equal access to—resources that support their bodies in achieving optimal health as they define it."


Did you enjoy this video? Check out Judith's article, "Health Comes in All Sizes," where she shares the story of her work with Anita, a higher-weight client, and how she helped Anita develop techniques and find resources to manage her anxiety and shame.

Topic: Anxiety/Depression | Cultural, Social & Racial Issues

Tags: Anxiety | binge eating | body weight | Cultural values | Cultural, Social & Racial Issues | culture | eating | eating disorder | eating disorders | fat | fat-shaming | HAES | Health At Every Size | healthy eating | Judith Matz | lose weight | overeating | overweight | Weight control | weight loss

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