Weight, often an emotionally charged topic, is more than just a number on a scale. In a world consumed by discussions of GLP-1 inhibitor drugs, intermittent fasting, and extreme caloric deficits for rapid weight loss, we risk losing sight of the importance of sustainable lifestyle habits and the underlying reasons for pursuing health. In this episode of Hilary Topper on Air, Hilary speaks with Imei Hsu, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Nurse in the State of Washington, about Health at Every Size (HAES).
About the Interview
Imei introduces herself and her background as a mental health counselor and registered nurse. She sheds light on the concept of Health at Every Size (HAES), which challenges the traditional weight-focused approach to health and wellness. HAES promotes the idea that individuals of all body sizes deserve respect and care and emphasizes the importance of adopting sustainable lifestyle habits rather than pursuing weight loss for its own sake. Learn the connection between health at every size and chronic illness. Discover why it’s important for healthcare professionals and counselors to strike a compassionate balance between promoting body acceptance and addressing the health risks associated with excess weight.
About Imei Hsu
Imei Hsu (she/her) is a versatile and compassionate counselor, nurse, and master health coach with an exceptional background in treating eating disorders and body image issues. Her nursing journey began with a remarkable experience, caring for a 400lb+ patient who was bed-bound and in a diabetic coma, requiring two orderlies for assistance. This profound encounter fueled her passion for healthcare and ignited her desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives. As an active-retired RN, MAC, and LMHC, Imei’s expertise in mental health and wellness is truly remarkable. Her journey as a Master Health Coach has allowed her to work closely with clients, guiding them to develop healthy habits across the six areas of Deep Health. Additionally, her certifications as an Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach and Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 Coach (Pn1-NC) and PN Level 2 Master Coach Certified (PN2) showcase her commitment to staying at the forefront of cutting-edge health practices.
Imei’s holistic approach to well-being encompasses mind, body, and soul, fostering lasting transformations in those she serves. For inquiries and support, reach her at Google Voice: 425-200-5271. Imei is passionate about sharing her knowledge, and she eagerly welcomes opportunities to host discussions and workshops on these subjects.