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Health at Every Size
Health at Every Size

Learn English meaning of ‘Health at Every Size’

Date: Jun 23 2017

Themes: Health, Pop Culture

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Body image is a big deal in the United States. Our media, movies, and television shows have many lean and skinny people. Everyone does not look like this, of course. Statistics show that two of three adults in the US are overweight or obese. They are often stigmatized and criticized for their size.

Some people take dieting too far. Sometimes, they will not eat anything. Other people will exercise, eat healthy food, and still be overweight. Does this mean they are unhealthy? Some people are talking about HAES, Health at Every Size. This idea says that if people exercise and eat right, then it should not matter what size they are.

Gary believes in HAES, but Dominique disagrees. Find out why in today’s English lesson.

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Dominique

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Gary

Gary

Gary:  Man, Dominique. I just got back from my family reunion and… my sister, Sue, well, she started believing in HAES, H-A-E-S. Health at Every Size. It’s something that believes that being overweight isn’t mutually exclusive to being unhealthy.

Dominique:  Really? Because being obese can lead to health problems down the road.

Gary:  It can. It can! Trust me, I have read a lot about this. My sister struggled for a very long time, but… she’s done so much dieting and exercising. And her BMI, her body mass index, hasn’t gone to an unhealthy place. And she’s been stigmatized for years and years about how her metabolism isn’t as fast as everyone else. And… she’s learned to accept that she can be both overweight and healthy.

Dominique:  You do realize that your BMI has to do with your weight, so if she’s overweight, then she has a bad BMI.

Gary:  That’s true.

Dominique:  So then, she’s not healthy at all.

Gary:  Well, that’s not true. OK, it’s… the BMI test isn’t for every single person’s needs.

Dominique:  I feel like you’re making stuff up. I feel like you’re, like, reading, like, a kid’s book or something because that’s totally nonsense. I mean, they’re mutually exclusive.

 

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Gary saw his sister at a family reunion. His sister believes in HAES, Health at Every Size. HAES means one can be any size and healthy at the same time. Dominique says obesity leads to health problems. Gary agrees. But Gary says his sister exercises, diets, and her body mass index is not unhealthy.

Gary’s sister’s metabolism is not very fast, so she gains weight easily. People stigmatize her for her weight. But she accepts that she is overweight and healthy. Dominique tells Gary that, if she is overweight, she has a bad BMI. Gary comments that a BMI is not always accurate. Dominique feels like Gary is making stuff up. Gary disagrees. He thinks HAES is an interesting idea.

What do you think of Health at Every Size? Can someone be overweight and healthy?

 

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12:44 AM Sep 13 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I agree with Dominique, health doesn’t go with obesity. If you exercise well and eat well, why would you still be fat?! something must be going wrong then.

07:38 AM Jun 25 2017 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think it is true health at every size but it is not for everyone.

11:03 AM Jun 23 2017 |

s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

If someone is lean or obese, how does he/she could be healthy? Atrophy or obesity is sign of unhealthy. So I don’t believe HAES, but much thinking about BMI could make us psychological problems.

07:03 AM Jun 23 2017 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Well my metabolism working well too,but I have a little overweight because I in love with food,especially that the Iranians food have lots of energy,believe me

Ramses98

Ramses98

Germany

I agree with eduardosouto, it´s more like you feel and not what you look like. But if you overstep a extent weight it is definitely unhealthy. A humen beeing is not made for too much weight.


But everyone has to decide for himself how he or she will handle the own weight. We definitely should not oriant for what they show us in the media

07:55 PM Jun 22 2017 |

eduardosoutoSuper Member!

Brazil

I think it is totally possible, people created a stereotype that if you are lean you’re healthy and this is not always true!


There are many chubby people that I know that can ben even healthier than me.


I guess it’s a connection between genetics, habits and individually routine :)


My metabolism works pretty well, and my body mass index is not unhealthy because I love running.


In a nutshell, I do believe in HAES!

04:11 AM Jun 22 2017 |

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