Linda Bacon, PhD

inspiring a global transformation to a more just world,
where all bodies are valued,
respected,
and supported in compassionate self-care

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Linda Bacon, PhD, is on the inside track of weight regulation science – 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 an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, and has a 15+ year history teaching courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition. An internationally recognized authority, Bacon has conducted federally funded studies on health and weight and published in top scientific journals. She is co-author of the paradigm-shifting Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight. She also wrote the iconic and bestselling Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight.

Dr. Linda Bacon is fostering a global transformation – away from our obsession with body weight and to body respect. Her mission is to provide the critical thought, inspiring vision, and practical strategies needed to empower individuals, organizations, and institutions to respect all bodies and support compassionate self-care. Dr. Bacon holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism with a specialty in nutrition. A professor and researcher, for almost two decades Dr. Bacon has taught courses in social justice, health, weight and nutrition; she has also conducted federally funded studies on health and weight and published in top scientific journals. Dr. Bacon is co-author of the paradigm-shifting Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight. She also wrote the iconic and bestselling Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Dr. Bacon’s advocacy for body respect has generated a large following on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, health and nutrition listservs and specialty blogs, and the international lecture circuit. She is committed to centralizing the ways in which power, privilege and disadvantage complicate our experience of our bodies. Health professionals – as well as people on their own personal journeys to body appreciation – call Linda’s work “life-changing” and “transformative,” providing the tools and confidence for personal change and inspiring others. A compelling speaker, writer and storyteller, Dr. Bacon delivers a unique blend of academic expertise, clinical experience, and social justice advocacy, all couched in a raw honesty and compassion that touch and inspire. Visit www.LindaBacon.Org for more information.

Most of us believe that being fat is unhealthy and losing weight will extend lives. But acclaimed research scientist and author Linda Bacon challenges these assumptions and shows that a focus on weight backfires. Based on solid research, Bacon shows that the best way to deal with health concerns is to address structural inequities, end the quest for thinness, and give up on diets. Bacon has published in top scientific journals and is author of the highly acclaimed books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight. You can learn more about her at: www.lindabacon.org.

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a researcher on the inside track of weight regulation science – 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. Bacon’s academic training includes two Masters Degrees, one in Psychotherapy, specializing in Eating Disorders and Body Image, and the other in Exercise Science, specializing in Metabolism. She also earned a PhD in Physiology with a Nutrition emphasis from the University of California. Relying on her unusual blend of academic, therapeutic and clinical expertise, Bacon is adept at translating scientific research into practical application. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and her experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work. Bacon is currently an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Bacon’s advocacy for Health at Every Size® has generated a large following on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, health and nutrition listservs and specialty blogs, and the international lecture circuit. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, she 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 more recently released Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, has already found its way into the heart of the weight discourse, transforming the way we think about weight and health, and offering an alternative path to compassionate and effective health care.

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., an internationally-recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health, is an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Bacon’s academic training includes two Masters Degrees, one in Psychotherapy, specializing in Eating Disorders and Body Image, and the other in Exercise Science, specializing in Metabolism. She also earned a PhD in Physiology with a Nutrition emphasis from the University of California. Bacon has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and is well-published in top scientific journals. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and her experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work. Well known for her skills at critical thought and her political and social commentary, and relying on her unusual blend of academic, therapeutic and clinical expertise, Bacon is adept at translating scientific research into practical application. Her advocacy for social justice and Health at Every Size® has generated a large following on social media platforms and the international lecture circuit. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books transforming the weight discourse, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and the more recently released Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight.

Dr. Linda Bacon, an internationally recognized interpreter of HAES science, is an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, and holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition. Dr. Bacon has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health, and is well published in top scientific journals. She is the author of two books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and the more recently released Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight. She is also a sought-after public speaker and appears regularly in international print, radio, television, and internet outlets.

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a scientist and internationally recognized authority on weight and health. A health professor and researcher, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition. She has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and published in influential, peer-reviewed journals.

Bacon earned her PhD in physiology from the University of California, Davis, where she currently serves as an Associate Nutritionist. Her research has been supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

Bacon’s latest scientific review, published in Nutrition Journal, has been influential in challenging the public health discourse and ranks as “most-highly accessed.” It examines the scientific literature on weight and health and determines that weight-focused public health policy is ineffective and damaging. Its conclusions call for a paradigm shift towards evidence-based health care based on non-discrimination.

Bacon’s advocacy for Health at Every Size has a large following on the international lecture circuit and in social media. She is the author of two books. The iconic Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, is considered the “Bible” of the alternative health movement by Prevention Magazine and others. A top seller among Amazon’s health titles, it is enthusiastically reviewed by both health professionals and lay people. Her more recently released book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health, has been credited with greatly advancing HAES practice. Her recent interviews include media outlets such as the New York Times, London Sunday Times, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, and magazines including Prevention, Glamour, Cooking Light, and National Geographic. Well known for her political and social commentary, Bacon frequently guest blogs, and is featured on sites such as Everyday Feminism, the Huffington Post, and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.

Like many, Linda Bacon used to be preoccupied with her own weight. Her pain and obsession about her weight fueled her determination to understand everything about weight regulation.

Bacon earned a master’s degree in psychotherapy, with a specialty in eating disorders and body image, and began work as a psychotherapist. Her career led her to a greater understanding about herself and her relationship with food and weight. With questions still unanswered, Bacon went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in exercise science, specializing in metabolism. Bacon continued to broaden her education and went on to complete a doctoral program in physiology with a focus in nutrition and weight regulation from the University of California, Davis.

Through all of her studies and research, Bacon continually stumbled across the same disconnect. The science of weight regulation directly contradicts cultural assumptions as well as those promoted by the “experts.” Bacon’s experiences and academic training led her to an entirely different paradigm in weight regulation, where she finally found relief from her painful preoccupation and developed a healthy and pleasurable relationship with her body and with food.

Bacon feels fortunate to have conquered her food and weight obsession, and empathizes with the many others engaged in their own personal battle with food and weight. She has dedicated her career towards helping others on that journey, designing a Health at Every Size program, which she tested meticulously in a clinical research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight chronicles the remarkable findings of that study: that people can indeed overcome their weight problems and improve their health—without dieting, deprivation, or a focus on weight loss.

Bacon is currently an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. A popular and compelling public speaker, she consistently draws large and enthusiastic crowds.

She is also author of two widely popular books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight.

Bacon is additionally well published in the scientific literature. She has been a guest on national television and radio and is regularly cited as an expert in numerous print publications. She is media savvy, confident and compelling.

With a rare dual perspective combining academic expertise and clinical experience, Bacon 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 she presents. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work. She specializes in translating science into practical, actionable terms.

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