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Mainstream health science has let you down.Weight loss is not the key to health, diet and exercise are not effective weight-loss strategies and fatness is not a death sentence.You’ve heard it before: there’s a global health crisis, and, unless we make some changes, we’re in trouble. That much is true—but the epidemic is NOT obesity. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma placed on certain bodies and the impact of living with inequality—not the numbers on a scale. In a mad dash to shrink our bodies, many of us get so caught up in searching for the perfect diet, exercise program, or surgical technique that we lose sight of our original goal: improved health and well-being. Popular methods for weight loss don’t get us there and lead many people to feel like failures when they can’t match unattainable body standards.

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Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon, PhD, is an internationally-recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health. A health professor and researcher, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition, 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 platforms like Facebook and Twitter, 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, Utne Reader, and National Geographic.

Well known for her political and social commentary, Linda frequently guest posts on a wide variety of internet sites. Her most recent book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, co-authored by Lucy Aphramor, a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health, has been acclaimed for changing the weight discourse world-wide. Her first book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, called the "Bible" of the alternative health movement by Prevention Magazine and others, consistently garners laudatory reviews. Her recent Nutrition Journal article, co-authored with Lucy Aphramor, ranks as "most-highly accessed" and has been widely discussed. Bacon has a large fan following and is considered an icon in the alternative health and size acceptance communities. She is also a dynamic and compelling public speaker, consistently drawing large and enthusiastic crowds.

With a rare dual perspective combining academic expertise and clinical experience, Dr. Bacon is adept at providing a link between scientific research and practical application. This enables her to bring authority and compassion to her writing and speaking. Additionally, she is a healthy, fit and dynamic role model for the ideas she presents. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and her experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work.

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