I must say, Instagram serves as an educational platform for me. I follow many body positive bloggers who provide information about topics in the body positive movement. This movement includes voices that are often overlooked (people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ folks).
What many of these body positive influencers have in common as that they share a love for Dr. Linda Bacon and her book: Health At Every Size. The basic principle behind her book is that we need to live in a world where we value all bodies. To do so, we can support individuals through compassionate self-care. Also, Dr. Bacon encourages us to look beyond size to create a culture of empathy.
Body positivity is more than an individual journey. Disrupt the injustices that lead to body dissatisfaction, alienation, shame, trauma, and poor health, including weightism, racism, sexism, cis-sexism, ableism, ageism, and classism, among others. https://t.co/GonVgY1jsZ
— Linda Bacon (@LindaBaconHAES) May 7, 2018
About Linda Bacon
Dr. Bacon’s credentials include a PhD in physiology from the University of California, Davis. She also serves as an Associate Nutrition. With two decades of being a professor and researcher, she is an expert in many topics. These include social justice, health, weight, and nutrition. In addition, she conducts studies on health and weight, many have been published in top scientific journals.
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Dr. Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size, is a bestseller and top-rated read. She is known for her social and political commentary. As an advocate for body respect, Linda channels her ideas through her large social media following. Not to mention, she is all about intersectionality: her work considers the ways that power, privilege, and disadvantage complicate our experiences in our bodies. I also think this point is extremely important since every body deserves respect and value. Inclusivity in the body positive movement is essential.
Some Standout Facts
Did you know that diets have a 95% failure rate? Dr. Bacon assures that you have not failed your diet, but your diet has failed you.
Here is a video that explains the principles behind the Health at Every Size Diet.
Expand Your Wellness Knowledge
If you want to expand your knowledge about health, wellness, and body positivity, I cannot recommend Linda Bacon’s book enough. This book is transformational for many individuals (myself included), and encourages a practice called Intuitive Eating. This is a practice where you make peace with food. (I will touch on this in a future blog post).