Dr. Isabel asks; “What is the weight neutral medicine or the HAES which is the Healthy at Every Size Philosophy referred to? “
Wendy: It’s a lot of what makes me unique as a nutritionist and a naturopathic doctor. So the HAES Philosophy is Health at Every Size and it’s really about taking a weight neutral approach to medicine.
It’s not that we are saying that weight does not matter but what we’re saying is let’s take the emphasis off of weight. Weight is not something any one of us as humans has the ability to control, while we can control all the habits we make in life – food, movement, sleep, chemical exposure, relationships, nervous system status, etc.
And so HAES says, “You know what? Let’s just table the idea that we focus on your weight. Let’s look at all of the factors that you have control over and let’s try to live in a way that just feels well in whatever your body size may be.”
None of us have an ability to be the weight in our minds, right? Like if someone is saying, “Oh but I “should” weigh 10 pounds less, 15 pounds less…” According to who?
Dr WendyLeigh White, is a licensed Naturopathic (Nature-o-pathic) Doctor (ND) and
nondiet HAES nutritionist, takes a “nature cure” approach to prevention and healing in
her clinical practice, teaching, and speaking. She has maintained a clinical practice since
2008 and taught at the graduate level since 2016. In 2020, she was included in the
Portland Monthly’s Top Doctors, Naturopath category.
You can learn more about her at https://drwendyleighwhite.com
and her YouTube Channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQMfzhdDfxZ3IedSd9vJRQ
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