Association for Size Diversity and Health

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We envision a world that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, in which body weight is no longer a source of discrimination and where oppressed communities have equal access to the resources and practices that support health and well being.



ASDAH’s mission is to partner with service providers, educators and advocates to dismantle weight-centered health policies and practices, ensuring that people who live with multiple forms of oppression are focusing our work.

Guiding Values



We are committed to:


        We define that as:

  • Operating from a basis of consideration

  • Affirming and celebrating our differences

  • Taking personal and organizational responsibility for understanding and being sensitive to different cultures, oppressions, and marginalization

  • Taking responsibility and apologizing when we make mistakes, and constantly improving as we move forward

  • Seeking not to tolerate our differences but to fully understand, embrace, and affirm them at every level of the organization 

    We put it into practice by:

  • Offering our support and our disagreement with thoughtfulness and sensitivity

  • Continually educating ourselves individually and as a group about cultures, oppressions and marginalizations from an intersectional perspective

  • Being aware of our own forms of privilege and their effects on our worldview

  • Listening to concerns that are brought to us with deep interest and wholehearted contemplation, never belittling or making light of the concerns or those bringing them


    We define that as:

  • Conducting ourselves and our work with respect for people’s dignity

  • Committing to ethical behavior in all of our dealings

  • Remaining true to our vision, mission, and core values in all of our decisions

    We put it into practice by:

  • Being up front and truthful in all dealings with each other, our members, and people or groups outside the organization

  • Subscribing to the strictest codes of ethics in all of our work

  • Truthfully representing the findings and limitations of our research, beliefs, and positions

  • Making decisions for the organization based on their adherence to our vision statement, mission statement, and our core values



    We define that as:

  • Using privilege to support and center the voices of those with less privilege

  • Creating equality in access to information and opportunities

  • Using resources in ways that create fairness and equality

    We put it into practice by:

  • Using our platform to center the voices of groups that are marginalized within discussions of health and body size

  • Using our resources to support demands for justice by these marginalized and oppressed people and groups

  • Championing total equality of access to non-biased information, healthcare, food options, and movement options

  • Fighting for a world without size-based discrimination or weight bias



    We define that as:

  • Fostering and celebrating diversity at every level of our organization

  • Understanding, respecting, and working from a platform of intersectionality

  • Knowing that what we are currently seeing and hearing is not all there is to be seen and heard

    We put it into practice by:

  • Fostering intersectional representation at every level, every stage, every facet, and every project of the organization

  • Continuously asking, “who aren’t we hearing from?”

  • Continuously asking, “who are we hearing from too much?”

  • Never valuing expediency or improvement for the majority over creating improvement for everyone, including and especially those with the least privilege 


ASDAH's Long Term Goals

1. To develop a forum for discussion, support, and continuing education for professionals who
     endorse the HAES® philosophy.

2. To provide information, education, and resources to professionals who are interested in the
     HAES® approach, or who are considering using the HAES® approach in their work.

3. To promote acceptance of, and respect for, size diversity, and to address cultural and societal
     issues related to body size and health.

4. To facilitate access to quality health care for every individual, regardless of their body size
     or shape.

5. To develop and maintain a website, e-group and other appropriate on-line resources for
     on-going communication between ASDAH members.

6. To develop a Speaker's Bureau to represent the HAES® approach in educational, medical,
     political, legislative, research, and other appropriate venues.

7. To identify qualified HAES® representatives to inform, educate, and respond to medical
     professionals, obesity/weight researchers and the media.

8. To develop and make available resources for implementing HAES® in health, fitness,
     and related industries.

9. To develop and maintain resources for review and analysis of health and weight-related
     research, in order to encourage scientific literacy and accurate reporting of scientific news.

10. To organize a self-supporting annual conference for ASDAH members and supporters
       to further the mission and goals of the organization.

11. To provide policy makers with information and educational resources about the HAES®
       approach, and to support public policies that advance the philosophy and goals of HAES®.

Promoting The Health At Every Size® Approach
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