Food Psych #42: Health at Every Size with Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon Health at Every Size Body Respect

Season 3 premiere! Christy talks with Linda Bacon, a leading researcher in the field of weight science and the author of the groundbreaking book Health at Every Size. Linda shares her personal struggles with weight and dieting, how she overcame them and developed a healthy relationship to food and her body, and how you can get off the diet roller-coaster too. 

“The majority of women [are] struggling around dieting.” — Linda Bacon, PhD. [Click to tweet]

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control. She is currently a Health Professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Dr. Bacon has published her work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed bestseller, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Her recently released book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health. Find her online at LindaBacon.org.

“When we feel better about ourselves, we take better care of ourselves.” [Click to tweet]

We discuss:

  • Linda’s relationship to food in childhood, including her firsthand experiences of pursuing weight loss to gain social acceptance

  • How diets and exercise regimens generally stop yielding weight-loss results after a certain amount of time

  • All the ways in which our bodies fight weight loss

  • Why we should stop forcing our bodies to fit a sociological ideal that is not biologically maintainable or healthy

  • How to encourage people with an eating disorder history to throw away the diet mentality and embrace a more intuitive eating style

  • What people hope to get out of dieting, such as love and acceptance, and how to figure out what you’re really looking for

  • Why social determinants of health, such as economic status and agency in one’s life, are much greater indicators for illnesses that are often associated with being overweight

  • How self-compassion and self-love, rather than body size, could be the best indicator of good health

  • How best to implement Health at Every Size into our everyday nutrition and exercise regimens

“People can be fit and fat.” [Click to tweet]