This project was created based on our experiences with people who were struggling after receiving a health diagnosis and then being unable to get weight-neutral healthcare, people who were looking for resources to advocate for themselves and others, and people who were looking for resources to use in their healthcare practices. We set out to create a resource library that provided information and options for those who want, and those who give, evidence-based, weight-neutral care. Read more about us below.
Certified Health Coach and Functional Training Specialist
Ragen Chastain is an ACE Certified Health Coach, Functional Training Specialist, and activist who speaks and writes about Body Image and Health at Every Size, with specific expertise in healthcare and eating disorders treatment, including as an Official Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, Ragen has spoken on diverse stages including the American Association of Diabetes Educators National Conference, the New York/New England College Health Association Conference, The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association National Conference, The International Weight Stigma Conference, Dartmouth, CalTech, Cornell, and Google Headquarters. She is the editor of the academic anthology The Politics of Size, published by Praeger, and is frequently featured as an expert in print, radio, television, and documentary film including The New York Times, The Washington Post, US News, CNN, BBC, and NPR.
Asher is a transmasc non binary GP who is campaigning for an end to medical weight stigma and fat oppression. They enjoy asking the questions that others tend to avoid, and challenging the status quo.
Asher is the founder of the #noweigh campaign which aims to end the routine weighing of patients in a medical setting, and move from the current dangerous weight normative approach to an evidence based non-stigmatising approach to healthcare.
Asher knows that informed consent, a respect for autonomy and practising fairly and without discrimination are the very foundations of good medical practice, which is why they are delighted to be joining the HAES Health Sheets team.
Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Louise Metz is an Internal Medicine physician with expertise in the medical care of eating disorders. She is the owner of Mosaic Comprehensive Care, a medical practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina offering inclusive and affirming primary care for adults and adolescents. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Biology and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she attended medical school at the University of North Carolina and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. She has previously held academic positions at NYU’s Bellevue Hospital and Duke Medical Center, and has published research on heart disease in women. Dr. Metz strives to help change the paradigm around weight and health, and is committed to increasing access to weight-inclusive medical care.
Body Liberation Coach and Facilitator
Tiana Dodson is a fat, Body Liberation Coach and Facilitator who’s out to destroy the belief that you have to be skinny to be happy and healthy, loveable, or worthy.
Through her work with the Fat Freedom Foundation, she guides people feminine-of-center to reconnect with their bodies, destigmatize fatness, and learn about the harms of health being a measure of worth… all while finding how they can live their best fat lives.