Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Leave Out, Get Wrong, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

By Linda Bacon, PhD, & Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD
(Coming September 2014 from BenBella Books)

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. 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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If you are an instructor who would like a review copy for potential course adoption, please submit your request. Body Respect is aimed at anyone keen to teach or practice a new public health ethic, one premised on the belief that health requires action on social justice within a framework bounded by compassion. It’s a short, inexpensive and highly accessible text book supplement suitable for adoption across a broad range of disciplines, including fat studies, nutrition and dietetics, social theory, women’s studies, health journalism, and all areas of healthcare, wellness and fitness.

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Body Respect on sale September 2014

Body Respect on sale September 2014