Body Image


Changing Your Mind, Not Your Body

Recognize that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one "right" body size. Your body is not, and should not, be exactly like anyone else's. Try to see your body as a facet of your uniqueness and individuality. This is body positivity and reduces risks of negative body thoughts leading to eating concerns.

Health at Every Size® principles help us be at peace in our bodies, supporting people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves. It includes the following basic components:

  • Respect, including respect for body diversity.
  • Compassionate Self-care
    Finding the joy in moving one’s body and being physically active.
  • Critical awareness
    Values body knowledge and people's lived experiences 
  • Challenges scientific and cultural assumptions 
    Dog Diversity and Poodle Science - We would never challenge why a poodle doesn't look like a mastiff. Why would we hold the same standard for humans?

Changing the Way We Look at Fat

Let's face facts. We've lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn't made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll.

Extensive "collateral damage" has resulted:

  • Food and body preoccupation
  •  Self-hatred
  • Eating disorders
  • Discrimination
  • Poor health

Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we're fat or because we fear becoming fat.

Health at Every Size is the new peace movement

Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.

Additional Information about Body Image 

Resources at UNH 

 If you feel like you have a poor relationship with food due to body image concerns, make an appointment with a Nutrition Educator/Counselor by calling (603) 862-3823 or online