NAAFA Responds to U.S. Preventative Services Task Force's Recommendation
NAAFA encourages the US Preventative Services Task Force to reconsider their recommendations regarding intensive multi-behavioral interventions for patients with a BMI at or greater than 30.
NAAFA has grave concerns that a recommendation attempting to change a predominantly heritable trait such as body size/weight is unsustainable and leaves people with feelings of failure resulting in weight cycling, body hatred, food and body insecurity, with potential for the development of eating disorders. We suggest a weight-neutral approach which would allow healthcare professionals and educators to teach clients how to eat, live and flourish physically, mentally and emotionally.
NAAFA strongly suggests that the final recommendation of the USPSTF be based on weight-neutral principles, as in the Health At Every Size ® (HAES) tenets.
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Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.
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