Early Endorsements

“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. Acknowledging these injustices and honoring our diverse experiences in our diverse
bodies, we each still face the question of what we will do today to be good to ourselves. 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

“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. Body
Respect is a must-read book for anyone interested in the complex and timely topic of weight. The
authors provide information about food, science, psychology and more that cuts right to the core
of why we’re so confused around body fat. This breakthrough book is written with both
compassion for the human heart and a sharp eye for what the research is really saying. It’s
practical, information rich, easy-to-read, and yet profound in its outlook. 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. Bravo.”
—Marc David, M.A., author and founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

“Drs. Bacon and Aphramor have created a smart, engaging and compassionate guide that
exposes why the ‘eat less, exercise more’ weight loss mantra fails so miserably, and how to
achieve true health and wellness. From the frustrated dieter to the nurse, doctor and public health
official, 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,

“Body Respect brilliantly explains why guiding ourselves and others towards better health rather
than towards weight loss, is not only a more effective and compassionate approach to struggles
with eating and weight – but one that is solidly rooted in fact and science. This book is a “must
read” for those who struggle and who suffer from our culture’s pervasively negative attitude
towards fat … and for those who want to help them.”
—Anita Johnston, Ph.D., author of Eating in the Light of the Moon

“With Body Respect Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor build on their impressive contributions to
Health At Every Size. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or new to the scene, this book will
prove an invaluable addition to the literature debunking fatphobic health discourse. Body Respect
is an essential tool for those seeking wellbeing without stigma.”
—Charlotte Cooper, PhD, psychotherapist

“These intrepid authors outline the most significant indicators of health and issue a clarion call to
re-assert our attention to aspects of people’s health we can influence apart from body weight. For
those who dare to pick up this book and engage with the evidence that is so clearly presented, the
power to transform an entire body paradigm is in your hands.”
—Jacqui Gingras, PhD, RD, cofounder of Critical Dietetics

“This is an important book that should be mandatory reading for every health professional. It
provides a compelling argument that issues of body weight, in the name of health, should be
reframed to a focus on healthy behaviors, not a number on a scale. The authors do an excellent
job of laying out the flaws in the obesity research, including the ‘obesity paradox’. They blow
the whistle on the insanity of dieting, which not only is ineffective, it’s one of the quickest ways
to assure long-term weight gain, while assaulting the mind and body of the individual .”
—Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, coauthor of Intuitive Eating

“Weight is a poor proxy for health, and in their extraordinary and thorough book, Bacon and
Aphramor bring just the right amounts of science, wisdom and compassion to map a more
peaceful, sustainable and equitable road to health. This book will help to alleviate the shame and
blame experienced by people who worry about their body size and should be read by every
student and professional in the many health-related fields of practice.”
—Judith Matz, LCSW, coauthor of The Diet Survivors Handbook and Beyond a Shadow of
a Diet

“Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor have made another important contribution to helping
individuals, healthcare professionals and policymakers move away from the damaging and
fruitless focus on body size that characterizes so much of today’s health advice. The title says it
all. If you want to support optimal well-being, the place to start is with body respect, understanding and appreciating the body for the marvelous creation that it is, and then focusing
on the true factors that impact health for everyone, regardless of size.”
—Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD, president and co-owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run

“Body Respect is the most holistic look at weight and weight loss I have ever read. The authors
review nutrition science, physiology, social and psychological factors. They conclude that the
dangers of weight are overstated, and that intentional weight loss is nearly always a bad idea.
They make a strong case for each person respecting and making peace with their own body,
rather than trying to fit into social norms that have little to do with health. They urge a Health at
Every Size approach, focusing on health and quality of life instead of on weight. After reading
Body Respect, I am convinced this is the best approach for most people.”
—David Spero RN, author of Art of Getting Well and Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis

“This book is the prescription needed for our fat-shaming society. Bodies are not the problem –
making people feel ashamed of their bodies IS the problem. Thank you, Linda and Lucy, for this
critically important book.”
—Connie Sobczak, cofounder of The Body Positive and author of Embody: Learning to
Celebrate Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!)

“In their new book, Body Respect, Drs. Bacon and Aphramor present an eye-opening exposé on
all that is wrong with our current understanding of and approaches to issues of weight and health
on both sides of the “big pond.” As they so eloquently detail, our prejudices towards larger
individuals have created cultures in which scientists routinely publish literature that does not
support their conclusions, health professionals recommend interventions that do not result in
long term weight loss or health improvement and for many people lead to increased weight and
poorer health, and people who do not meet the ever-diminishing standards of body shape and
size are routinely pictured as lazy, gluttonous and not interested in their own health. The solution
they propose – Body Respect – honoring body diversity, self-acceptance and self-love
accompanied by paying attention to lovingly feeding and moving our bodies is the antidote for
our culture’s obsession with weight and all of the attendant negative health and social justice
consequences. No health or helping professional should finish their degree program without
having read this book and anyone who is struggling with our culture’s insanity around these
issues will likely improve their health just by reading it! Bravo!!”
—Jon Robison, PhD, MS, professor at Michigan State University

“Anyone interested in health, weight, and wellness will find something of value in Lucy
Aphramor and Linda Bacon’s new book: Body Respect. Whether you are already a proponent of
the Health at Every Size approach, on the fence, or convinced it lacks merit, you are doing
yourself a disservice not to read this book from cover to cover and add it to your library. The
authors manage to combine their separate voices into one as they deliver the latest, most up-to-ate research on the efficacy of HAES, the importance of a weight neutral approach to wellness,
and why we need to give up desperate fad diets in the attempt to change our natural body type.
Bacon and Aphramor resist the temptation of weighing their points of view down in too much
rhetoric or ‘preachy’ diatribes and opt to share their research and insights in a casual
conversational style.”
—Deah Schwartz, PhD, clinician, author, and educator specializing in eating disorders and
body image

“Everybody needs to read this book. In equal parts shocking, comforting and inspiring, it is
essential reading and a ray of hope in a world of body shaming. This is the tool to build the
foundations of a health service based in compassion, respect and better care for both practitioners
and their patients.”
—Amy Godfrey, performance artist , The Biscuit Chronicles

“A compassionate and critical take on improving health while embracing the complexity of all
bodies and considering the health impact of living within a stratified society. Body Respect
combines a much-needed society-level approach to health with practical steps individuals can
take. If we truly want to address the ‘obesity epidemic,’ Respect is the way to do it.”
—Michelle Allison, The Fat Nutritionist

“Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor once again poke huge holes in the conventional “wisdom”
around weight, food, and disease. This book is a must-read for health practitioners, chronic
dieters, and anyone who wants the real deal on weight and health.”
—Golda Poretsky, founder of Body Love Wellness and author of Stop Dieting Now: 25
Reasons To Stop, 25 Ways To Heal

“Building on the wonderful book Health at Every Size, Body Respect is a vital read for anyone
looking for honesty, understanding and the truth. Linda and Lucy have shared with us not only
why it is so important to do our best to move our focus away from our current culture’s narrow
definition of weight and health. Importantly and additionally, they have given us the information
and support to show us how we can move towards the freedom of wellbeing, compassion, and
respect. Congratulations on your great resource.”
—Dr. Rick Kausman, M.D., author of If Not Dieting, Then What?

“This book is a triumph of compassion over judgment, skepticism over confirmation bias, and
evidence over “everybody knows.” While it will surely appeal to anyone who is interested in
looking past the headlines and into the real science of weight and health, this book should be
required reading for everyone.”
—Ragen Chastain, DancesWithFat blogger and author of Fat: The Owner’s Manual

“Body Respect empowers us to respect our own body’s wisdom and needs, educating us about
the real science and actual truth about the connections between weight and health. But more
importantly, Body Respect challenges the belief that individual attempts to diet and lose weight
will improve public health, explaining how the structured inequality of our economic and social
system is the real culprit. Once we acknowledge the central causal role of the cumulative stress
of chronic poverty , oppression, discrimination, and weight stigma in weight-associated-diseases,
we will be on the road to a health care system that can systematically deliver both health and
care to everyone, regardless of their weight, size or socio-economic status—and not a moment
too soon.”
—Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, founding member of National Eating Disorders
Association and Academy for Eating Disorders and author of Treatment of Eating
Disorders: Bridging the Research – Practice Gap

“The Health at Every Size movement is so important to me personally and professionally, that I
couldn’t help but be deeply inspired by Linda and Lucy’s work, yet again. This book advocates
for both the individual and cultural change necessary to experience real freedom. It is backed by
science, and is relatable, sprinkled with humor, and full of ways to implement changes in your
life based on your own body wisdom. It is life-changing.”
—Carmen Cool, MA, LPC, psychotherapist

“Body Respect challenges health care providers to transform the way they address issues of body
size and weight with patients. Bacon and Aphramor argue that traditional approaches
emphasizing weight loss often undermine patient health outcomes. They provide guidelines for
shifting the emphasis from weight to wellness, and a new standard for supporting patients in the
self-management of chronic health conditions.”
—Tim Berthold, M.A., editor of Foundations for Community Health Workers

“An intersectional approach to health — recognizing the devastating impact of stigma and
oppressions — is the only way out of our unwinnable and unnecessary war on weight. It’s also
the way for health professionals to genuinely claim the title of caregiver. Without Body Respect,
efforts toward health will be counterproductive. This book rights a longstanding wrong.”
—Marilyn Wann, author of Fat!So?

“Linda and Lucy are gifted thought leaders in a new peace movement called Health at Every
Size®. This amazing book offers a refreshing perspective on weight in a society that likes to
think about bodies as machines that can be tightly controlled if we just tried hard enough. If you
are tired of the roller coaster ride of traditional weight management ideology, this book is for
you. It is all about trying different, not harder!”
—Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, Dietitian and cofounder of Be Nourished, LLC in Portland,

“Congratulations to Lucy and Linda for collaborating on their clear and compassionate book :
Body Respect! They did an outstanding job presenting complex yet intertwined concepts such as
social inequities, structural inequality and Health At Every Size. Along the way the reader is
introduced to the importance of integrative listening, the need to acknowledge the personal and
professional journeys required for a new model of health , and why it is imperative we address
the ‘proverbial elephant’ in the room regarding myths and bias on weight and health.”
—Lisa Tealer, NAAFA board member of Emeritus

“Body Respect sets the record straight: A weight-focused approach to health is harmful, not
helpful. Mindful eating and respect for ourselves and others is a sustainable approach that we can
thrive with!”
—Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat and founder of
Am I Hungry?

“Body Respect is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to live healthfully and happily in
their body—and the medical practitioners who serve with them. Beyond the diet mentality and
the media depiction of what a ‘good’ body looks like, Body Respect bravely asks readers to tune
into their body’s wisdom and expert knowing to guide them. This book contains all of the
building blocks necessary to build a positive relationship with the skin that you’re in.”
—Mara Glatzel, MSW, life coach for Mindful Eating Programs and Training

“Body Respect should be the go-to resource for all health and wellness experts to finally clear up
concerns about weight and health, and to learn strategies for motivating change in their clients.
An eye-opening, inspiring book.”
—Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, ACSM, HFS

“Linda and Lucy have done a superb job of sifting through complex research on weight science,
body politics, exercise science, sociology, and eating psychology to create a comprehensive and
actionable manual for living in bodies we are in.”
—Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, cofounder of Be Nourished

“Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor are filling a long-existing gap in the health book market with
this smart and accessible text. It’s a relief to read about the intersections of health and social
justice – and an excellent place to start taking care of yourself as an individual rather than a
—Marianne Kirby, founder and blogger of “The Rotund” and co-author of Lessons from
the Fatosphere

“Body Respect teaches exactly what grown-ups need for their own sanity and well-being, as well
as what is essential to help the next generation avoid the harm of weight-focused approaches to
acceptability and health. How can kids learn to care for instead of compare their bodies if the
adults in their lives are not modeling this? This book should be required reading for everyone.”
—Kathy Kater, LICSW, eating disorder treatment and prevention specialist and author of
Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know

“Body Respect is a truly eye-opening book that challenged my views on health, dieting, and
nutrition in the most positive way. I now feel liberated and capable to celebrate my body and
make better choices to ensure happiness and great health for the rest of my life.”
—Nicole Best, student

“Traverses the personal—with compassion at its core, and the socio-political, which asks us to
consider how through structural inequality we are suffering not from an ‘Obesity Epidemic’, but
an epidemic of Oppression Syndrome. A great guide to all who know the distress & damage
caused by weight-stigma & diet-failure; there’s another way.”
—Louisa Harvey, Body Image Activist

“This book is a wake-up call. It’s time to recognize that the stigma associated with certain bodies
is a disease that harms people and robs them of their health and happiness. Linda and Lucy are
here to cure us of this ailment, and they have science on their side.”
—Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS, Executive Director, Co-Founder, Opal: Food+Body Wisdom

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