Compiled by
Theresa Jarosz Alberti

[updated October 2020; check back for future updated information]

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The Health At Every Size ® (HAES®) approach is a continuously evolving alternative to the weight-centered approach to treating clients and patients of all sizes. It is also a movement working to promote size-acceptance, to end weight discrimination, and to lesson the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness. [The Association for Size Diversity and Health]


Websites and Online Articles:

“Obese Patients Don’t Need to Lose Weight Before Total Joint Replacement, Study Finds”:

“Functional Gain and Pain Relief After Total Joint Replacement According to Obesity Status”:

“Is Obesity a Reason to Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery?”:

“Resources to Fight Joint Replacement Denials for Fat Patients”:  Blog post by the amazing Ragen Chastain, packed full of resources, articles, studies and experts on this topic. **A must-read for anyone dealing with this issue!**

Resources for Healthcare Providers:  

“Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift”: 

Health at Every Size fact sheet: 

“The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight- Normative Approach to Health: Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight-Loss”:

“Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong”: 

“What’s Wrong With the War on Obesity: a Narrative Review of the Weight-Centered Health Paradigm and Development of the 3C Framework to Build Critical Competency for a Paradigm Shift”: 

Association for Size Diversity and Health website and blog:

The Body Is Not an Apology: website for Radical Self-Love for Everybody and Every Body. I also very highly recommend Sonya Renee Taylor’s book of the same title: The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.

Books About Weight Science:

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, 2010

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand About Weight by Linda Bacon, 2014

[Linda Bacon, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in physiology, specializing in weight regulation, from the University of California, Davis. She also holds graduate degrees in psychology, specializing in eating disorders and body image, and exercise science, specializing in metabolism, and has professional experience as a researcher, clinical psychotherapist, exercise physiologist and educator.

Dr. Bacon is currently an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis and the lead investigator for a clinical research study that evaluates the Health at Every Size program, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is also a nutrition professor in the biology department at City College of San Francisco. Additionally, she maintains a private practice, advising individuals, health care professionals and institutions on strategies for implementing the Health at Every Size program.]

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight– and What We Can Do About It, by Harriet Brown, 2015. 


Books About Non-Dieting Approaches to Eating:

Intuitive Eating: a Revolutionary Program That Works, by Evelyn Tribole, M.S. R.D. and Elyse Resch, M.S. R.D. F.A.D.A, 2012.

Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating, by Christy Harrison, MPH RD, 2019. 

The Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship With Food by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, 2017.

The F*CK It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner, 2019.

Youth-Oriented HAES Resources:

Teen Body Image And Self-esteem – A Practical Guide For Parents–

Covers helpful information concerning:

  • Important teen body image and self-esteem topics, social media influences, and cyberbullying.
  • Advice for parents on how to talk to their teens about body image issues, setting a positive example, and looking out for warning signs of teen body dissatisfaction.
  • Tips and advice on diet, healthy sleep, hygiene, exercise, and mental well-being that helps contribute to developing positive body image.
  • Information for seeking professional help (if needed) and links to other trusted sources. [UK focused]