Body Respect

Body Respect

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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. Youa€™ve heard it before: therea€™s a global health crisis, and, unless we make some changes, wea€™re in trouble. That much is truea€”but the epidemic is NOT obesity. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma placed on certain bodies and the impact of living with inequalitya€”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 dona€™t get us there and lead many people to feel like failures when they cana€™t match unattainable body standards. Ita€™s time for a cease-fire in the war against obesity. Dr. Linda Bacon and Dr. Lucy Aphramora€™s Body Respect debunks common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health. They also help make sense of how poverty and oppressiona€”such as racism, homophobia, and classisma€”affect life opportunity, self-worth, and even influence metabolism. Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesna€™t have to be. Ita€™s time to overcome our culturea€™s shame and distress about weight, to get real about inequalities and health, and to show every body respect.What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight Linda Bacon, Lucy ... a€”Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, founding member of National Eating Disorders Association and Academy for ... a€”Carmen Cool, MA, LPC, psychotherapist a€œBody Respect challenges health care providers to transform the way they ... Bacon and Aphramor argue that traditional approaches emphasizing weight loss often undermine patient health outcomes.

Title:Body Respect
Author: Linda Bacon, Lucy Aphramor
Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc. - 2014-09-02

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