Yes, it is possible to believe in Health At Every Size (HAES) and still want to lose weight. The HAES approach recognizes that all bodies are good bodies and that health is not defined by size. This means that people of all sizes deserve respect, dignity, and access to quality healthcare.
However, some people may still have personal goals related to their weight and body size, and that's okay. The key difference between the HAES approach and traditional diet culture is that HAES prioritizes holistic health and well-being, rather than weight loss as the sole measure of success.
If someone wants to lose weight, the HAES approach suggests focusing on habits and behaviours that promote overall health, rather than restriction and deprivation. This could include engaging in physical activity that brings joy and pleasure, eating in a way that satisfies hunger and promotes fullness, and building supportive relationships and communities.
Ultimately, the HAES approach is about creating a non-judgmental and inclusive approach to health and wellness that values and celebrates all bodies. Whether someone wants to lose weight or not, the focus should be on promoting overall health and well-being, rather than adhering to narrow beauty standards or societal expectations.