Body Respect:

What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight.

"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."

Marc David, M.A.
At last: the missing chapters on weight, health and diet! Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and 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. But finding authoritative texts to better learn, implement, and teach what’s new on size and health 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. In Body Respect, they explore why diets don’t work and alternative paths to better health for people of all shapes. Using peer-reviewed evidence, common sense, and a solid grounding in nutrition science and social justice theory, the authors debunk Obesity Myths and outline the key processes – in our bodies, the sciences, and society – affecting our diet and health as individuals and as a community. 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 nostrums 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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Body Respect lives up to its title – it offers deep respect for those of us who are tired of the same old messages about weight and body fat that fail to honor the fullness of our humanity. It’s time for a new approach to weight. Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor have given us just that.
Marc David, M.A. Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and Author of Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet

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,

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
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