WHAT IS HEALTH PRIVILEGE?

WHAT IS HEALTH PRIVILEGE?

There I was, sitting in a fellow Licensed Health & Nutrition Counsellor’s office when she mentioned, “Plus intuitive eating is the most inclusive way to give someone nutrition counselling.” 

I genuinely responded, “What do you mean?” 

She told me to go home and google, “Health Privilege.”

I did.  And I was shocked.

I was surprised that in years of nutrition school I had never heard the term, “Health Privilege” and horrified that I had not been educated enough to be aware of my own bias toward my clients and their health privilege or lack thereof.  This list below may include some things that you didn’t know you had or maybe even hit home with things you’ve been missing out on.

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 WHAT IS HEALTH PRIVILEGE?
  1. The technical definition deemed by the Mayo Clinic is,
  2. 1. A right, advantage, or immunity granted to or enjoyed by healthy persons beyond the common advantage of all others; an exemption in many particular cases from certain burdens or liabilities.

  3. 2. A special advantage or benefit of healthy persons; explained by reference to divine dispensations, natural advantages, gifts of fortune, genetic endowments, social relations, etc.

  4. 3. A privileged position; the possession of an advantage healthy persons enjoy over persons with illness.

  5. 4. The special right or immunity attaching to healthy persons as a social relation; prerogative.

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 10 EXAMPLES OF HEALTH PRIVILEGE
  1. 1.     Being able to afford organic or non-GMO foods

    2.     Being able to afford foods in a specific diet (ex: Keto requires purchasing high amounts of protein & fats which are significantly pricier than carbohydrates)

    3.     Having access to health care

    4.     Being a healthy weight and therefore receiving adequate health care compared to those in larger bodies.  (“Healthy Weight” in the eyes of the BMI that is, and no I do not agree with this tool.  See this post where I explain the origin of the BMI and why I do not agree with it)

    5.     Having great genetics and therefore escaping the many medical issues that are associated with not hitting the jack pot when it comes to genetics

    6.     Being able to afford eating out at restaurants that do not have Fast Food prices

    7.     Not having an “invisible illness” (Some illnesses are much more visible then others which makes society accept them and have greater compassion toward the patient)

    8.     Living a life free from daily pain and suffering

    9.     Being able to purchase expensive medication, supplements and/or medical devices

    10.  Having the education to understand what is healthy and what is not (hygiene, movement, sleep, vegetables, stress etc.)

    Did any of that resonate with you? I’d love to know more about what you thought once you read that definition. 

  2. LET ME EXPLAIN HOW FOOD FREEDOM AND INTUITIVE EATING ARE MORE INCLUSIVE THAN WHAT YOU ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH…

  3. Intuitive Eating and Food Freedom Coaching differs from traditional Nutrition Counselling when it comes to most of the above-mentioned Health Privileges because there is no pressure to purchase specific foods for a specific diet.

  4. No “good” or “bad” food lists where the “bad” list is significantly more affordable.  

    There is full acceptance in our practices for whatever weight you are, you will not receive better health advise or differing advise if you are a specific size.  

    We will not shame you for choosing McDonald’s instead of the expensive “farm to table” restaurant down the street.  

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WE ASK YOU to come just as you are.

Inside of Food Freedom Coaching instead of judging you for where you do not have health privilege, we get to help you pursue health despite it.  That, I am proud to be a part of! 

I’d love to hear how Health Privilege has affected you in a negative or positive way, send me a Direct Message here!

Terri Lynn 

Food Freedom Coach

Licensed Health & Nutrition Counsellor

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