ABOUT

About the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH)

The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is a non-profit organization with an international membership started in 2003. Our members and leaders are committed to the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) principles.

The HAES® movement is a continuously evolving alternative to the weight-centered approach to treating clients and patients of all sizes. It is also a movement working to promote size acceptance, to end weight discrimination and stigma, and to lessen the cultural obsession with weight loss and thinness.

Learn more about the HAES® approach.

Download the ASDAH Annual Report.

What We Believe

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Committed to Respect, Integrity, Justice & Inclusiveness

Respect is:

  • 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 respect 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

Integrity is:

  • 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 integrity 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

Justice is:

  • 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 justice 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

Inclusiveness is:

  • 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 inclusiveness 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 

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