Nearly three-quarters of American adults are overweight or obese. Health professionals are taught that being overweight is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Perhaps this is why people who have an overweight or obese Body Mass Index (BMI) receive guidance focused on losing weight. The Health at Every Size (HAES) movement pushes back on a weight-focused approach and aims to define health in a more inclusive way. It is gaining traction with nutritional professionals, especially online, so we thought we would share a brief overview.
Nicole Friedman from Retail Business Services, one of our valued clients, interviewed me about why potato chips earn Guiding Stars. We discussed some of the specific nutritional qualities in different potato chips that separate star-earning chips from chips that don’t earn stars. I also shared a few tips on including potato chips in your diet. Finally, we discussed our new Surprising Stars page, which is dedicated to explaining some of the questions we hear often.
At Guiding Stars, we have empowered people to make more nutritious choices since 2006. From our beginning, we held the belief that small shifts in food choices can make a big difference. This month, we’re launching a new Nutritious Nudges blog series to demonstrate why small, positive changes are worth making.