SHAPE: Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission:

To promote, create, and connect weight-inclusive and size-affirming resources.

Vision:

We envision a world where bodies of all shapes, sizes, and expressions have unbiased access to health and wellness, are treated with dignity and respect, and are free to exist without the moral, physical, or social expectation to change.

Values:

Size-Affirming: We support and create spaces where bodies of all shape and sizes are free from weight-bias.

Weight-inclusive: Weight-inclusive is an approach that views health and wellness as an experience of many intersecting factors, and works to improve access to healthcare and reduce weight stigma for all bodies. We recognize and accept the research that weight is not a good measure of your health, and that health can be achieved at any size.  Many SHAPE resources are Health At Every Size® practitioners.

Diverse & Inclusive: We practice radical acceptance by celebrating and respecting differences, and honoring

each individuals unique lived-experience, including size, gender, gender expression & identity, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, and history.    

Honesty:  We practice truth and transparency. We understand that almost every one of us has been deeply affected by diet-culture and weight-stigma.  We are aware that most everyone has dieted, judged themselves & others, and actively pursued thinness - and that some who seek weight-inclusive care still do.  We understand that diet-culture is reinforced on social media, in the doctors office, at the gym, at school, and even with-in our families.  We know it can be hard to overcome the effects of weight-stigma regardless of your size, and that no one is perfect. 

Advocacy:  We believe that social and political change happens by addressing inequities at all levels, from individual to policy, and we value every contribution that helps create an honest, inclusive, size-affirming, weight-inclusive community. 

SHAPE center is a collective of size-affirming, weight inclusive professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of people all sizes. We practice body acceptance and diversity, and welcome every size, gender, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and more. SHAPE was founded by Krista Handfield, a Heath at Every Size® practitioner and Health Equity professional, who recognizes the evidence that a persons size or weight is NOT an indicator of health, and that people of all sizes and body types deserve the opportunity to care for their health and wellness without discrimination or the expectation to change their body.

Weight-inclusive practitioners include therapist, life coaches, medical professionals, yoga instructors, nutritionists, acupuncturist, etc.

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