the HAES® files: The HAES Paradigm in a Weight-Centric Sport—Is that an oxymoron?

Wonderful article on HAES & weight based sports.

Health At Every Size® Blog

by Michelle Pitman, Certified Personal Trainer

JudoAs I write this article, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has named Tokyo the host city to the 2020 Olympics and also announced the return of wrestling as part of the 2020 Olympic program (it had been removed after London 2012). The mere mention of athletic events, particularly the Olympics, ignites something in me. I’m reminded of my former life as a competitive athlete: the ups, the downs and the choices I made that had me continually beating my body into submission.

My sport was judo, a martial art and competitive event with weight divisions used to classify athletes into categories where there is an even playing field amongst the competitors. Judo (translation: The Gentle Way), along with other martial arts, is often considered more than just a sport. It is a way of life that not only builds strength but self-discipline, patience…

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