Whole At Every Size

Perspectives on the Health At Every Size® model. And anything else I want to write about.


Where there is no path

Welcome to the Whole At Every Size™ blog.

I blog regularly for ASDAH’s Health At Every Size® Blog, and I am honored to be part of that blog. And, there are times when I want to take a more personal approach to HAES® issues, or when I want to be able to talk about some of my other interests, such as health care policy, the role of embodiment in transformative education, or health and health education more generally.

Truth be told, my view of health and health education tends to be expansive.  From a certain perspective, everything is about health, and health is about everything.  So I figure that leaves me a pretty wide scope.

My challenge to myself is the same one I offered to my students at their graduation ceremony this June, and it comes in the form of a quotation:

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Having the courage to find my own path—that feels important. I guess I have reached the age where following doesn’t feel so comfortable anymore.

But Emerson’s approach sounds lonely to me. Leaving a trail—well, I’d rather have some companions when I go where there is no path. In a way, that is what the HAES and size acceptance communities are. I have some amazing comrades here in these communities. We are fellow travelers along a path that we are creating as we go.  Anyone is welcome to come along on the journey. This non-path thing is not meant to be exclusionary. In fact, the more the better.  My dream is that the HAES point of view will be the mainstream approach to health promotion within my lifetime.  I and lots of others are certainly working towards that goal. So, yes, going where there is no path and leaving a trail, in hopes that the trail is well-worn by the time we get to the end of the journey.

And away we go…