About the Book
“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
At last: the missing chapters on weight, health and diet! Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Get Wrong, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight is the insider’s guide not just to nutrition and our bodies, but to all that’s misunderstood about them. You may have sensed for a while that conventional health books aren’t getting the story right or are ignoring new understandings of metabolism, disease, exercise, and nutrition and the impact of inequality. But finding authoritative texts to better learn, implement, and teach these new understandings has been a challenge— until now.
Bacon & Aphramor cover the latest science on size, weight, and diet in clear, lively language rigorously supported by data. Integrating a social justice agenda, Body Respect critiques weight science, explains the fall-out of a health agenda based on thinness as the goal, and offers an alternative path to compassionate and effective health care. Using peer-reviewed evidence, case study scenarios, and an ethical rationale, the authors debunk obesity myths and outline the key processes – in our bodies, the sciences, industry, and society—affecting our diet and health as individuals and as a nation.
Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to show every body respect. Let’s toss out the discredited beliefs and false assumptions that drive our culture’s shame and distress about weight. This book will be indispensable reading for everyone seeking a clearer, more hopeful alternative.
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