The LodeStone Center provides has a registered dietitian on staff who you can schedule appointments on her own, or along with one of our mental health clinicians. LodeStone Health and Wellness provides wellness counseling and uses the Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach to recognize the healing power of diversity and attempt to educate individuals about a new definition of health. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at 847-802-4058.
What is the Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach?
The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) believes in a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation, or disease. The concepts for the Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice. The HAES model is an approach to both policy and individual decision-making. It addresses broad forces that support health, such as safe and affordable access. It also helps people find sustainable practices that support individual and community wellbeing.
The Health at Every Size Principles are:
- Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
- Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
- Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
- Eating for Well Being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
- Life Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
Wellness counseling with a HAES approach is weight neutral. Instead of traditional measures, such as BMI, waist circumference or BMI, it focuses on individuals’ behaviors, unique sets of abilities, and available resources, and places them in the context of their life as the primary areas of concern and consideration. Each individual will have strengths and vulnerabilities, and will likely respond to stimuli in a unique way. Improving a person’s health is a process that begins by contemplating what it would take to make certain determinants of health available and accessible to different individuals, and not by pathologizing any specific weight.
For more information, visit: https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org or please don’t hesitate to call and speak with our dietitian. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our professionals, contact us today.