What does health at every size mean? I know this may sound different especially after we’ve been inundated with diet culture, but can you be healthy at different sizes? My personal experience is 100% YES! At 12, I was a different size than I am now; that was before I fell into my eating disorder, and I was really healthy and happy. I was smaller, honestly, but then my body changed. I fought that change for a long time, and for a long time I wasn’t truly mentally or physically or emotionally or spiritually healthy.
That’s what this episode is all about. Megan from Run Whole Nutrition is one of my very favorite dietitians, because this girl bucks all the diet culture ideas out there. She reminds me that eating Cheezits is ok, and she reminds me that if you’re not feeling a salad it is ok. She talks about the science behind diets and why our bodies need intuitive eating, not chronic dieting.
Megan also has the BEST thoughtful quotes that she puts on her Instagram every day; ones that get you to think about the diet culture, ones that cause you to ask the right questions about caring for your body.
And Megan talks a lot about and shares a good bit about health at every size.
So I wanted her to come on and educate you and me about what ‘Health At Every Size’ looks like, defining it for me, and reminding me that there should be NO discrimination from us about how each person should be given the same consideration, the same compassion in health care; whether you are tall, short, one size of jeans or a bigger or a smaller size of jeans.
Megan and I talked about:
- What does health at every size mean? What does it look like?
- Why diet culture is highly promoted, yet doesn’t work
- How to recognize your own prejudices against sizes
- Why health at every size goes beyond the surface
- Why health at every size is about health enhancement
- The five pillars of health at every size
- The social justice element of #healthateverysize.
- Why God created everyone different and health at every size appreciates that diversity
- How intuitive eating and health at every size go together.
- Megan’s favorite non diet dietitians that inspire her especially in a field that is still small but growing (AKA: non diet dietitians)
- Dealing with diet talk in conversations with friends with grace and truth
Links to Some of the Best Non Diet Dietitians I’ve Found
This was such a good conversation for me. Megan also talked about changing the conversation when people start to focus in on defining your worth by your body size or your morality by your body size.
We can not just look at the body size of someone. This person has a story, a soul; Jesus knew that when He talked to the woman at the well, the mother who had just lost her son, the lepers, the man who couldn’t walk for 30+ years.
Megan focuses in on how numbers don’t mean anything by themselves. We need to go deeper than the numbers, and health at every size, diversity of body sizes (not clones, as Megan put it in the podcast), respects God’s incredible glory in the different people you see all around the world.
Psalm 8:3-8, ‘When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, read more.
Do you resonate with what Megan said in the podcast?