By Carrie Hutton
People who are overweight might have the impression that they cannot be healthy until they lose all the weight and more and more, research is pointing to the benefits of healthy actions, despite weight.
Annie Wetter is chair of the Health Promotion and Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and stresses the importance of health outcomes over measuring weight loss alone. Wetter advocates a health promotion approach called Health at Every Size (HAES), developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. It puts less emphasis on losing weight and more emphasis on healthy living.