Book Review: Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

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Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon PHD
ISBN: 978-1-933771-58-8
Published: 2008
Pages: 326
Publisher: Benbella Books
About The Author

She earned her doctorate in physiology, specializing in weight regulation, from the University of California, Davis. She also holds graduate degrees in psychology, specializing in eating disorders and body image, and kinesiology, specializing in exercise metabolism, and has professional experience as a professor, researcher, psychotherapist, exercise physiologist, and consultant.

She is currently a nutrition professor in the Biology Department at City College of San Francisco. She also serves as an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. Additionally, she maintains a private consulting practice, advising individuals, health care professionals, and institutions on strategies for implementing Health at Every Size. She is also a popular and compelling public speaker.

She has been published in top scientific journals, frequently quoted or interviewed in the media (print, radio and television), and considered to be a leading researcher on weight regulation. She has appeared on the ABC and CBS evening news programs and in PBS broadcasts, was interviewed on several radio programs, and was quoted in articles that appeared in The New York Times and US News & World Report, among numerous other media, regarding her groundbreaking study published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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

Please visit her web site: Health At Every Size


Fat isn’t the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD, presents a well-researched, healthy-living manual that debunks the weight myths and translates the latest science into practical advice to help readers forever end their battle with weight.

My Thoughts

Loosing weight is such a personal thing as well as a very private subject. Many people including myself have dieted at least once in our lives only to turn around and gain back the weight almost immediately & we wonder why.

In this book Linda explains how we need to tune into our bodies and listen to what they say to us personally. For instance, if I eat slowly for 15-20 minutes, I am normally guaranteed to be full after that time frame is up.

Linda is clear at the beginning of the book that this book is for informational purposes only and you should consult your own doctor for your medical needs.

She says to just give up fighting the war against fat and start enjoying eating food, which in moderation I do believe is a great idea.

She boasts that everything in the book is scientifically proven. Most people think that because you are thin, you are healthy, this is not always the case as well as if you are fat, you are unhealthy. She teaches you in this book that not everybody is the same and so the approach should not be either.

I highly recommend this book for it’s informational purposes.


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