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Beth White PubHlth 160 – My Body, My Health February 11, 2011 Journal 2 – Health at Every Size We have all gone to the doctor’s office and told to step on the scale, and that is when it happens – that pit of the stomach dread. I have yet to meet someone who looks forward to finding out how much they weigh – which makes the cartoon of the boy and girl looking at the scale from lecture so much more realistic. To make it worse, doctor’s still run on the notion that if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is too high for your weight, that you’re overweight, or even worse, obese, even if you live an active, healthy lifestyle. Deb Bugard mentions in her article “What Is ‘Health at Every Size’” that there is a revolution happening – that people who are technically overweight can still be healthy. She also makes a very good point – why would physicians tell overweight people to limit their food intake, and exercise excessively, when when those behaviors are seen in slim people, it becomes indicative of an eating disorder. According to the article, Health at Every Size stand for “enhancing health, size and self-acceptance, the pleasure of eating well, the joy of movement, and an end to weight bias.”
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