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“It is profoundly important to address the shortcomings in health discourse, particularly when misinformation is harming the population. Body Respect is a ground-breaking, dogma-busting book that will change how you think about health forever.”
—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 decisions—especially the challenge of valuing ourselves in an indifferent or hostile world—and 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 lacking—Linda 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

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight, and health. A nutrition professor and researcher, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition. She has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health, and is well-published in top scientific journals. Linda’s advocacy for Health at Every Size® has generated a large following on social media, health and nutrition listservs and specialty blogs, and the international lecture circuit. She and her work are quoted regularly in national and international publications, with recent appearances in the New York Times, London’s Sunday Times, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and magazines including Prevention, Glamour, Cooking Light, Newsweek, Fitness Magazine, and National Geographic. Well known for her hard-hitting political and social commentary, Linda writes a regular column on the Health at Every Size blog and frequently guest posts elsewhere. Her first book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight was called the “Bible” of the alternative health movement by Prevention Magazine.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; 1 edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940363195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363196
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who's ever stepped on a bathroom scale and worried about weight should read this revolutionary and empowering book. Who would oppose body respect? (Other than the $60 billion/year industry whose business model relies on convincing us to keep losing and inevitably regaining those same 10 or more pounds?)
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This is an extremely profound book that is life-changing on many levels...personal, professional, societal. Compassionate and beautifully written in a way that everyone can relate to...whether you are a high school student or a Ph.D. I hope that this book gets the attention and massive readership that it deserves.
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I read the book <i>Body Respect</i> and found myself highlighting every other page. I enjoyed it so much that I’m buying myself a copy to keep on my nightstand. I should buy several copies for work, home, traveling, and meeting new people so that I can place them in my environment strategically, like emergency exits and fire extinguishers.

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"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.

Body Respect

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.
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I purchased this book because I had previously read and enjoyed Linda Bacon’s book, “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight.” I admit I’m still a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the idea of completely uncoupling health from weight. But as someone who has struggled with weight issues for decades, I definitely see the value of focusing on personal respect and developing positive lifestyle habits, rather than trying to reach an arbitrary (and perhaps unattainable) number on the scale. With “Body Respect”, I was hoping for new research, more personal stories, and more concrete tips on embracing the HAES lifestyle. Unfortunately, BR is basically just a Cliff’s Notes version of HAES: TSTAYW. For someone just wanting to dip a big toe into the HAES waters, this book is a quick read. But if you are looking for detailed research and lifestyle tips, skip BR and dig into HAES: TSTAYW instead. And if you’ve already read HAES: TSTAYW, I would save your money and skip this one…or wait until a library copy is available. The HAES concept is truly important and deserves a wider audience, but I just didn’t think "Body Respect" covered enough new ground to justify my time and expense.
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This book was a joy to read. There are so many different diets out there and the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry (because we all know diets don't work but we all hope we can be in that 5% success rate). If you're done with diets then this book explains why that's actually the best choice of them all. Very easy to read and reassuring that there is nothing wrong with you, society is perversely behind the times. It's time to enjoy life and enjoy your body now!

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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