Weight is only one marker of health. Weight-related concerns can include obesity, overweight, and a preoccupation with thinness. Healthy bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A healthy weight is the weight your body is when you regularly enjoy a healthy lifestyle and is different for each individual.

Body image and self esteem

How you feel about yourself and your body has a direct effect on how you take care of yourself, emotionally, physically and spiritually1. Learn more about body image and self-esteem.

Adult weight concerns

Healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes. Learn more about how you can achieve and maintain health by enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Tips for adults – Reach for your best (R4YB)

Reach for your best is about trying your best to make small, realistic changes to your habits and surroundings to help you to eat well, move well, sleep well and feel well. Learn some practical tips to help you Reach for your best!

Tips for pregnant woman – Reach for your best (R4YB)

Healthy women come in different shapes and sizes. Weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy that helps your baby grow and develop. Start by making small changes that you feel you can keep doing for a long time. These tips can help get you started!

Weight concerns in children and youth

Concerns about a child’s weight can sometimes negatively affect their mental and emotional well-being. Learn more about a positive approach to promoting healthy growth and development.

Tips for parents – Reach for your best (R4YB)

Parents and caregivers play an important role in raising happy, healthy children. Set children up for success by giving them the chance to eat well, move well, sleep well and feel well. Learn some practical tips to help kids Reach for their best!

Eating disorders and disordered eating

Eating disorders and disordered eating are about more than food—they’re also about how you feel about yourself, how you cope with your feelings and other deeper factors2. Find out more about disordered eating, eating disorders and where to go for help.

Weight-based discrimination and weight bias

North American culture often values and promotes an unrealistic ideal of beauty, thinness, and muscularity. This can often lead to negative attitudes toward those who don’t look like the individuals we most often see in the media. Learn more about the causes, consequences, and actions needed to reduce weight-based discrimination.

1 NEDIC (2014). Body Image & Self Esteem. Retrieved from http://nedic.ca/know-facts/body-image-self-esteem on August 8, 2014

2 Canadian Mental Health Association BC division (2014). Eating Disorders. Retrieved from http://www.cmha.bc.ca/get-informed/mental-health-information/eating-disorders.

This item was last modified on October 24, 2023