Three Quick Ways to Start Understanding Health At Every Size

If you’re interested in learning about a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size approach to your health and wellbeing, today I’m sharing some of my favorite quick resources to learn from! I’ve been digging into the literature behind HAES® for years, and still have so much to learn - as with anything, it’s a never-ending process. But in uncovering resources for myself, I’ve also found some quicker reads and videos that are helpful in getting a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time. Here’s some of the best!

Article | Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift

Content warning: stigmatizing clinical language

This article from the authors of Health At Every Size and Body Respect is a fairly concise way of getting a broad, broad overview of HAES®. It sums up both the problems and lack of evidence for the weight-centric paradigm and the science behind a weight-inclusive approach. I also love this article because it’s organized by various assumptions about weight and health, including:

  • Adiposity poses significant mortality risk

  • Adiposity poses significant morbidity risk

  • Weight loss will prolong life

  • Anyone who is determined can lose weight and keep it off through appropriate diet and exercise

  • The pursuit of weight loss is a practical and positive goal

  • The only way for [those in larger bodies] to improve health is to lose weight

  • [Body size] related costs place a large burden on the economy, and this can be corrected by focused attention to obesity treatment and prevention

Bacon L, Aphramor L. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. Nutr J. 2011;10:9.

Video | Poodle Science

This video uses a simple analogy of dog breeds to explain body diversity and the problem with centering focus on weight loss and aesthetics. It’s one of my favorites to watch with clients and send to colleagues as a quick introduction to this perspective!

Blog Archives

I’ve written several posts on this topic (and I’m sure will write several more), so browsing the blog archives by category is always an easy option!

Do you have any quick, favorite HAES® resources? Let me know in the comments below and I will continue updating this post as we share!