Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Clinical Nutrition

Committee Member

Tracy Bruen

Committee Member

Irma Singarella

Committee Member

Sara Foley


This study aimed to review primary research to assess the measured physical and psychological benefits of implementing the Health at Every Size (HAES) approach in treating adults with disordered eating. A scoping review was conducted between September 2020 and August 2021. Participants included those 18 years or older who were diagnosed with a DSM-5 recognized eating disorder or showing disordered eating pathology. We hypothesized that HAES would be a successful treatment approach for patients recovering from eating disorders, and that a focus on body size and weight would exacerbate and even cause eating disorder pathology. A weight-neutral approach to eating disorder recovery promotes self-compassion, supports intuitive eating practices, and protects from the harmful effects of weight-bias internalization. HAES-aligned care has the desired outcome of teaching patients with disordered eating to eat for well-being while promoting flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than external factors.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.