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Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Christopher Kennedy Lawford, New York Times bestselling author and former UN Goodwill Ambassador for Drug Treatment and Care
Linda and Lucy have written the rare self-help book that places the personal decisions about how to care for ourselves in the larger context of the world's unequal opportunities, judgment, and bias. Body Respect gives us a way to think about our decisionsespecially the challenge of valuing ourselves in an indifferent or hostile worldand the concrete steps to feeling better in our bodies right now.”
Deb Burgard, PhD, psychologist, eating disorders specialist, and HAES pioneer
In a world where positive, uplifting and scientifically grounded messages about weight are sorely lackingLinda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor have given us a bright light of hope. Body Respect is a must-read book for anyone interested in the complex and timely topic of weight.”
Marc David, M.A., author and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating
Drs. Bacon and Aphramor have created a smart, engaging and compassionate guide that exposes why the eat less, exercise more’ weight loss mantra fails so miserably, and how to achieve true health and wellness. Body Respect is transformative for the individual reader, as well as a wakeup call for the real public health crisis America faces: illness and suffering brought on by chronic stress associated with poverty, social inequality, oppression, and stigma.”
Katja Rowell M.D., author of Love Me, Feed Me and childhood feeding specialist, thefeedingdoctor.com
This book is a must-read for those who struggle and who suffer from our culture’s pervasively negative attitude towards fat...and for those who want to help them.”
Anita Johnston, Ph.D., author of Eating in the Light of the Moon
With Body Respect Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor build on their impressive contributions to Health At Every Size. Whether you're a seasoned activist or new to the scene, this book will prove an invaluable addition to the literature debunking fatphobic health discourse. Body Respect is an essential tool for those seeking wellbeing without stigma.”
Charlotte Cooper, PhD, psychotherapist
About the Author
Lucy Aphramor, Ph.D., R.D., notably pioneered the use of a health at every size approach in the U.K. National Health Service, developing an eight-week HAES course that is now available internationally through licensed facilitators. She is director of a consultancy dedicated to advancing health at every size theory and practice in and beyond the U.K. through training, research, and community engagement. Dr. Aphramor is also an honorary research fellow at Glyndwr University, Wales, and a visiting lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at Surrey University.
Dr. Aphramor is the only U.K. dietitian with publishing and teaching expertise in critical weight science. She is at the forefront of the new international Critical Dietetics movement where her work blending critical thinking and compassionate self-care is enthusiastically received. Her influence extends to coverage in the popular press and her reputation as an outspoken scientist gains her interviews across the board from women’s magazines to the broadsheets.
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Top Customer Reviews
"HAES does not claim that everyone is at a healthy weight. What it does do is ask for respect and help people shift their focus away from changing their size to enhancing their self-care behaviors–so they let weight fall where it may naturally. It also keeps the role of lifestyle as a risk factor for disease in perspective.
The Health at Every Size Manifesto
Refuse to fight in an unjust war. Join the new peace movement:
“Health at Every Size” (HAES). HAES acknowledges that well-being and healthy habits are more important than any number on the scale. Participating is simple:
1. Accept your size.
Love and appreciate the body you have. Self-acceptance empowers you to move on and make positive changes.
2. Trust yourself.
We all have internal systems designed to keep us healthy—and at a healthy weight. Support your body in naturally finding its appropriate weight by honoring its signals of hunger, fullness, and appetite.
3. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
Develop and nurture connections with others and look for purpose and meaning in your life. Fulfilling your social, emotional, and spiritual needs restores food to its rightful place as a source of nourishment and pleasure.
Find the joy in moving your body and becoming more physically vital in your everyday life.Read more ›
What I most enjoyed and try to share with others is the seven myths of weight stigma:
MYTH 1. Fatness leads to decreased longevity.
MYTH 2. BMI is a valuable and accurate health measure.
MYTH 3. Fat plays a substantive role in causing disease.
MYTH 4. Exercise and dietary restriction are effective weight-loss techniques.
MYTH 5. We have evidence that weight loss improves health.
MYTH 6. Health is largely determined by health behaviors.
MYTH 7. Science is value-free.
I did read Bacon’s book HAES and while I did enjoy it, I found Body Respect to be a quicker read and better for mass appeal.
There was a very small section on emotional eating in Body Respect. For a book that continues to discuss the importance of mindfulness and deals much more with emotional eating, I highly recommend Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. Roth also talks about being the size that's right for you but does not go as far as Bacon. Good for those who have disordered eating and can’t let go of the idea of dieting.
For a book aimed at parents, I recommend Your Child’s Weight by Ellyn Satter. Satter talks about how restrictive diets causes children to gain weight but by allowing your children to enjoy all foods they will end up with a healthy relationship with food and be the weight nature intended them to be.
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A must read by everyone. The Government is lying to us. Corporates lie as well. 16 of 17 of the winners of the show The Biggest Loser regained most of their weight because their... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Steven Haack
A Wonderfully Educational Read
I really enjoyed Body Respect, What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight. Read more
Highly recommend for another perspective you won't read about in the mainstream media. Complete with references.Published 2 months ago by Katherine J. Mitchell
In many ways this book can significantly improve the lives of those struggling with weight, most directly by ending the struggle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bronx book nerd
A great and balanced book. Not only is this accesible, but the scientific reasoning is also strong. Highly recommended!Published 6 months ago by indelible637
Dr. Linda Bacon is one of the most respectful Doctors I will probably meet in life! She is life changing, inspirational, motivational and full of love. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clare
Wow, this has been a great book, so far, into the first few chapters. It merges social, political, medical and personal issues around being an overweight person in society today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Molly P.
....if you are after long-term health, it's the book to read before you start any dieting.Published 9 months ago by Teresa