The BALANCE program is a comprehensive, family centered, interdisciplinary program that provides outpatient intervention and treatment to Northern Ontario children and adolescents battling overweight and obesity.
Adopting a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, the BALANCE program helps children and families promote health by supporting healthy behaviours. Instead of focusing on weight loss, the HAES approach focuses on weight neutral outcomes. Our society’s preoccupation with weight loss and dieting have led to preoccupation with food, distorted body image, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, weight stigmatization and discrimination. www.LindaBacon.org
The HAES approach has been associated with statistically and clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure and blood lipids. It has also been shown to improve sustained health behaviours such as eating habits and activity levels as well as improved psychological outcomes such as self-esteem and body image.
The program includes mental health support for the change process, nutritional education and support, health education and medical support as well as organized physical activity sessions.