Linda Bacon, PhD

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

Let Me Help You

I’m traveling the world, building community, raising my voice in person, on paper and virtually. Explore this website for more information, and be sure to consider booking me to speak. Send decision makers to my speaking page or supply them with my speaker sheet. Click on a section below to learn about how I serve different communities.

 

  • Individuals on your Personal Journey

    The starting place of why I do what I do comes from my own personal pain around food and weight. My career and education were not driven by academic curiosity, nor even compassion or caring about others, but a quest to save myself.

    The great news that comes from my experience is that healing is possible: you can find peace and contentment in your body, and you can enjoy eating.

    My hope is to support you in developing the strategies you need to navigate a good life, feel good in your body, and enjoy food. And to inspire you.

    Here’s what I offer in concrete terms: Consider reading my books and other materials. Follow me on social media. Contact decision makers at your worksite, school, health providers, community groups, and conferences and encourage them to invite me to speak or do a training. (You can send them the speaker sheet on my speaking page.) Get on my mailing list to hear when I resume hosting my own workshops and other updates.

    Hope to meet you soon!

  • Health Professionals, Clinics, Programs and Hospitals

    You’ve been well-schooled in weight concerns through engaging in our culture and perhaps also through professional education. You know the conventional ideas about defining health status based on weight or BMI, recommending dietary monitoring and control and exercise routines, and prescribing weight loss in treating and preventing disease. Yet, you are probably not feeling confident that the status quo response to weight concerns is effective. Perhaps you’re noticing, despite all the attention to weight, patients aren’t getting thinner, and you’re aware of the well-established finding that only a small percentage of people maintain weight loss over the long run. Maybe you’ve noticed the negative consequences, with patients becoming increasingly preoccupied with food and weight, and disordered eating behaviors on the rise.

    I can help you reconcile these challenges and develop your skills to address weight among people of all sizes and ages in ways that are effective, compassionate, evidence-based, and, most importantly, do no harm.

    I can also talk directly to your clients, helping to educate, motivate, and inspire.

    Here’s what I offer in concrete terms: Consider reading my books and other materials. Follow me on social media. Contact decision makers at your worksite, school, or professional organization and encourage them to invite me to speak. (You can send them the speaker sheet on my speaking page.) Get on my mailing list to hear when I resume hosting my own workshops and other updates.

    Hope to meet you soon!

  • Workplaces and Community Organizations

    There is tremendous social stigma attached to weight. Without proactively addressing it, worksites allow it to fester. Health campaigns often backfire, promoting more stigma. Shame about our bodies is known to inspire “sick days,” unproductive time, binge eating, exercise avoidance, and a host of other maladies.

    Invite me to your worksite for an educational and inspirational talk. I’ll help you create a climate of safety and a supportive community where employees treat one another with respect and where each individual knows they are worthy of that respect and is equipped with strategies to help them feel good.

  • Colleges and Universities

    College is a particularly challenging time to feel good about your body and maintain good health habits, regardless of what you weigh. Invite me to your school. Let me help develop critical thinking skills to challenge conventionally held ideas, teach strategies for empowerment, and, most importantly, help students to feel hopeful, confident and inspired. Let me train your staff in responding to student needs (physical and emotional), and creating and implementing supportive programs and educational campaigns.

  • Press/Media

    When covering weight concerns, do you ever feel like you’re writing the same story over and over?  We’re fatter than we used to be…we can’t control our eating… we’re not exercising enough… obesity is driving up health care costs… this is the first generation of kids predicted to lead shorter lives than their parents…

    We’re caught in a web of failed efforts to trim our waistlines, disillusioned health care practitioners, and stigmatizing and ineffective public health measures.

    But there’s another angle to the story, more hopeful, an evidence-based alternative to the same old tired storyline. Let me tell you about it. For compassion, reasoned thinking and expertise to help you get the story right, please, talk to me.

    More information here