For too many of us, nourishment is no longer a simple matter of hunger and satiety, satisfaction and pleasure. Guilt, compulsion, self-denigration, deprivation and concern for the planet are on the menu, now, and confusion is in every bite. It’s your job to help others navigate that. Let me help you do what you do best. This web page highlights selected writing by Dr. Lindo Bacon relevant to people working in nutrition, dietetics, and food justice. To find much more extensive writing on these topics and more, visit the topics resources page and read Linda’s books.
Weight Science (Peer-Reviewed)
- Bacon, L., & Aphramor, L. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift This is the premiere article that has up-ended thinking about weight. Includes all the arguments that support a paradigm shift, meticulously referenced. In academic voice.
Popular Blog Posts
- We Must Choose Revolution Over Privilege and Complacency – Here’s How I’m Doing It A behind-the-scenes description of the challenge in speaking truth to power in nutrition education, and a rally call for community building and revolution in hateful times.
- The HAES Files: Put up your Dukes - How HAES Fought its Way to the ADA Platform The long road to the 2011 American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting (FNCE) debate between Dr. Linda Bacon advocating for a HAES approach and Dr. John Foreyt promoting the conventional anti-obesity approach.
- The HAES Files: Hypocrisy of Obesity War Exposed - The HAES Peace Movement Makes Inroads Description of the debate between Dr. Lindo Bacon and Dr. John Foreyt on the topic of size acceptance vs. the conventional weight reduction paradigm at the 2011 American Dietetic Association conference.
- The HAES Files: Notes to Myself - Finding Hope in Difficult Times Dr. Linda Bacon reflects on her experience as a debate speaker at the 2011 American Dietetic Association's annual Conference. Provides hope and inspiration for managing resistance and developing resilience.
- The HAES Files: Blackboard Bungle - Rethinking Nutrition Education Contemporary nutrition education does more harm than good. Here's an analysis, and a prescription for change. Co-authored with Dr. Lucy Aphramor.
Excerpts from Dr. Bacon’s Debate at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- The War on Obesity: A Battle Worth Fighting? Maintained Weight Loss Let's face the facts: we don’t know of healthy methods that result in sustained weight loss. Consider the evidence.The War on Obesity: A Battle Worth Fighting? Intuitive Eating Attuned eating is more effective than dieting. Read why.The War on Obesity: A Battle Worth Fighting? Conflict of Interest Differences Conflicts of interest mar research. Look behind the scenes of obesity research and see how industry influences researchers.
- A Message for People Committed to Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture There should be more Weight justice in the Food justice movement.
- Ending Foodie Fat Bashing Using obesity fears as a rallying call has damaging consequences. Foodies, invite fat people to the table so we can all advocate for good food.
- The HAES Manifesto The Health at Every Size Manifesto, reproduced from Linda's groundbreaking book. Summarizes hot topics and the need for a paradigm shift. A must-have for everyone's library.
- A Message for People Who Have Lost Weight How are behaviors affect our weight is extremely individual, and whatever you did to lose weight may not be helpful for someone else. Learn how you can use your experience to help, not harm.
- Bacon, L. & Matz, J., Intuitive Eating for People with Diabetes: Enjoy your Food, Respect your Body The Health at Every Size approach for Diabetes Management is introduced, including tips for switching from a "diet" mentality to intuitive eating. Make food enjoyment your goal, not your fear.
- I Hurt Therefore I Eat-The Truth Behind Emotional Eating Too many of us have come to view food as a blanket for our emotions, numbing them as we turn to food to provide the love and comfort we crave. But food doesn't "fix" feelings. Learn how to best take care of yourself.
- The Racist Roots of Fighting Obesity Prescribing weight loss to black women is ineffective, damaging and ignores barriers to their health, write Lindo and Sabrina Strings, in this special edition of Scientific American.