Weight-Inclusive Personal Trainers – respect for every body
Who are Weight-Inclusive Personal Trainers?
Weight-Inclusive Personal Trainer are informed about the real science about health where there is, at best, a dubious at link between higher body weights and health detriment. They understand that only at extremes of the weight continuum do health start to suffer. They know that attempts to lose weight for anyone will mostly likely lead to weight-cycling which is worse for the health than being a higher weight. They have looked at the new research which isn’t biased towards weight loss industry and isn’t scared to lose out on the tax income from diet culture’s industry and products.
Weight-Inclusive Personal Trainers understand:
- Why it is important to prioritise well-being over weight loss.
- Why weight doesn’t equal health.
- What is wrong with BMI (or indeed weighing bodies full stop).
- Why people have a right to be fat and it is fat-phobic to suggest otherwise.
- Why people have a right not to want to lose weight.
- Why people in larger bodies are not to blame for their condition and why advising “behaviour change” will only make matters worse for them.
- That many personal trainers have thin-privilege and will never understand how it is to be in a larger body that was created by factors beyond the person’s control.
- The diet culture was born out of racism, misogyny and puritanical, patriarchal religion.
What is Weight-Inclusive Care?
A weight-inclusive approach puts an emphasis on increasing access to respectful and equitable healthcare—not otherwise afforded to patients in what are considered “larger bodies” in the weight-centric space—and instead prioritises client-centred care, and approaches health “improvement” (when relevant) with health-promoting behaviours and various biomarkers that don’t centred around weight.
A weight-inclusive provider doesn’t perpetuate healthism, and works to create safer healthcare spaces for everyone’s body.
Brush Up On The Research
- The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health: Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight Loss, Tracy L. Tylka, Rachel A. Annunziato, Deb Burgard, Sigrún Daníelsdóttir, Ellen Shuman, Chad Davis, Rachel M. Calogero
- Body Mass Index: Obesity, BMI, and Health: A Critical Review, Frank Q. Nuttall, MD, PhD
- Recognizing the Fundamental Right to be Fat: A Weight-Inclusive Approach to Size Acceptance and Healing from Sizeism, Calogero RM, Tylka TL, Mensinger JL, et al.
- Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift Nutr J 10, 9 (2011). Bacon, L., Aphramor, L.
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