Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 22, 2012

Health vs. Weight: ABCs Part 3

Finishing up the alphabet, let’s look at these last 9 letters relating to health-focused well-being:

R: Respect for body-size diversity: A cornerstone of health-focused well-being.

S: Size acceptance: A way of relating to oneself and others that involves valuing every body, regardless of size or shape; accepting there is no ideal body size, shape, or weight that every individual should strive to achieve; and identifying one’s strengths and abilities and building on one’s assets and encouraging other individuals to do the same.

T: Thin-bashing: Negative words or actions directed toward slender individuals. Prejudice and discrimination based on any body size or shape has no place in an environment that respects body-size diversity.

U: Unhappy: How many people feel about their body size and shape. A health-focused approach encourages people to feel good about themselves by adopting healthier lifestyles instead of trying to achieve a specific body size, shape, or weight.

V: Values: Principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable. To take control of our lives, we must become more aware of how our values and the values of the society around us influence our behaviors and emotions and how we see other people.

W: Well-being: Includes physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. It involves much more than body size, shape, or weight.

X: X-rays and other types of medical care: What many large individuals, especially large women, avoid because of the prejudice and discrimination they have experienced in doctors’ offices and other healthcare settings.

Y: Youth: Along with thinness, a physical characteristic society seems to value more than most other aspects of appearance. This pressure drives many people to adopt unhealthy practices to “look young” instead of adopting habits that foster well-being.

Z: Zestful play: How many children experience physical activity. This attitude can put the enjoyment back into physical activity for many adults, too.


Having a health-focused well-being will make us healthier individuals all around. Please look over these steps to being healthier and find ways to implement them in to your daily life.

 This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from The ABCs of Health-Focused Well-Being, and can be found in its entirety here.


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