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Health at Every Size; Should Your Weight and Health Be Just Like Everyone Elses’ and your Poodles?

Three women ilustrating Health at Every SizeYou may have heard the term,” HAES” ; Health at Every Size and wondered what that means?

Read more about Health at Every Size here.


Here are some questions to test your assumptions about size, shape, weight, and health

  • Do you assume all people who live at a higher weight than the cultural “ideal“, should try to lose weight in order to be healthy and look good?
  • Do you think you and others are destined to be at higher risk for health problems because you are not as thin as the weight charts or maybe your doctor wants you to be?
  • Do you assume researchers and doctors are right when they say higher weight people are at risk?
  • Do you just assume ALL woman and men who live large are “unhealthy”?
  • Would you think the same about the health of a Bull Mastiff if you saw him standing next to a Standard Poodle?

Please watch this video.”The Problem with Poodle Science”, produced by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). It’s a great way to see if you have bought into the false science, assumptions, even weight bias and stigma heaped upon human bodies.


What do you think?

If you’d like to read more about scientific research that supports the Health at Every Size Paradigm, as a better approach to improving health and well-being, I encourage you to read this paper I co-authored. It was recently published in the Journal of Obesity. Click this link, “The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health: Evaluating the Evidence for Prioritizing Well-Being over Weight Loss”. Once on the Journal’s web page, look for the “Full -Text PDF” Option on the right. Save the PDF, print the paper, and share it with every healthcare provider and person you know who still thinks all people (and dogs) should be the same size.


I’m Ellen Shuman and I am a Health at Every Size proponent. I Coach people who are ready to focus on their health; emotional, physical, nutritional, spiritual, instead of wasting time searching for the next diet. I am the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. If interested in learning more, contact me, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.


  1. I love the illustration used! It gets you thinking outside the “poodle” box! It is so true.

  2. Ellen Shuman, Emotional Eating Recovery Coach; A Weigh Out says

    I agree, Becky. It is amazing when you think about it. We’re more accepting of diversity in size in dogs than we are size differences in people…and then add pseudo science on top of it, to boot!!

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