Body Respect: Book Review and Giveaway


Finding Peace In The War Against Obesity

body respect linda baconThere’s a revolution afoot. It takes on ingrained notions about eating, exercise, weight, health.

  • That counting calories is the best way to avoid consistent overeating and weight gain.
  • That the “no-pain, no gain” approach to exercise is the best way to get fit.
  • That healthy weights are primarily determined by what you eat and how much you exercise.
  • That actively trying to lose weight is the best route to reaching your healthy weight and staying there.
  • That weight is even a primary indicator of health.

Those ingrained notions ignore the facts.

The Facts About Dieting, Weight, and Body Shaming

  • Counting calories hasn’t worked for most people for over 50 years. (So why should it work now?)
  • Most people who diet end up regaining lost weight — and more.
  • A person’s weight is dependent on much, much more than what they eat and how much they exercise.
  • You can’t tell whether a person is healthy or not based on their body size.
  • Blame and shame never motivates.

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When Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

The revolution can be summed up with a message we’ve promoted at Green Mountain since our founding. That focusing on our weight won’t get us where we want to go — to health, happiness, fulfillment. A more effective focus is on our health and well-being. And realizing that there is much more to life than our clothing size.

Helping Women Feel Good About Themselves And Their Bodies

Our focus at Green Mountain is helping women reconnect with how they feel, with the goal of feeling good in the moment and long term. It’s a focus that can help us think very differently as we make food, physical activity and other lifestyle choices.

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Accept Your Wonderful Self: Size and Self-Acceptance

A huge part of feeling good is how we think about ourselves.

That’s one reason I love Linda Bacon’s and Lucy Aphramor’s new book Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight. 

Review: Body Respect by Linda Bacon, PhD and Lucy Aphramor, PhD

They Had Me at Respect

body respect linda bacon lucy aphramorThe word “respect” introduces a whole new twist on the subject. It involves respect for ourselves as well as from those who work in the healthcare arena — especially physicians and other healthcare providers who daily deliver advice to their patients. And regulators who determine health policies for the nation and ultimately shape the mainstream approach to issues like weight.

At the heart of the book are the Health at Every Size® principles that are so often misunderstood. Click on the link if you’re not familiar with them. I won’t go into them here except to say that if a person truly understands them, they’re easy to support. They’re not about giving up; instead they’re about supporting every one of us at every level of ability, at every socioeconomic strata, in taking care of ourselves to the extent we can and if we choose to do so.

Ultimately, they’re about finding peace in the war against obesity. As Linda has said before, HAES®  is the new peace movement.

A New Kind Of Peace Movement

If you’re interested in learning more about this new peace movement, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Body Respect. It’s an easy and interesting read that also includes self-help style advice that could make a difference in your own life as well as the lives of your loved ones, or if you’re a healthcare practitioner, your clients and patients.

Here’s a snippet from the review I wrote for the book: “…The title says it all. If you want to support optimal well-being, the place to start is with body respect, understanding, and appreciating the body for the marvelous creation that it is, and then focusing on the true factors that impact health for everyone, regardless of size.”

Free Book Giveaway: Leave A Comment by October 17

We’re pleased to give away a copy of Body Respect. Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page under this post, by Friday, October 17.

Tell us why you think respect is important to a person’s health.

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8 responses to “Body Respect: Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. Michaela says:

    Respect is absolutely essential to start loving and treating your body right NOW no matter what your size. It can stop the criticism, punishment and downright mean treatment of ourselves and our bodies.

  2. Lisa says:

    Opposites attract Disgust = Respect.
    My month at Green Mountain taught me to take care of myself for the first time in my 50 years of life. I’m learning to respect myself

  3. Laura W. says:

    Body Respect – the title is tantalizing. How do I respect my body? Sadly, my body is worthy of more respect than I have given it. I’ve denied my body of balanced nutrition while chasing the latest deprivation diet.

    Aretha Franklin’s version of the song “Respect” is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. We should all be strong and confident and respect our bodies/ourselves, even when we’ve done them wrong.

    I’m interested in reading this book!

  4. Laura says:

    I have been trying mightily to accept and respect myself for where I am now. It is my only hope of making any lasting changes.

  5. Bobbe says:

    Respect is the key to a door which, for many of us, has been locked for too long. The door to a rich, satisfying life is based on self-respect and not on dieting achievements, a number on a scale or a dress size. The legacy of the dieting industry has been shame and self-blame, social isolation and endless attempts to resolve the problem using the same faulty thinking. The notion of respect offers a way out of this dilemma; a way to participate in life without the “thin” prerequisites that society has laid out for us. For me, participating fully in life is the very definition of health.

  6. Hayley says:

    Respecting your body is so important. It means that we put our health and well being first, and to recognize that health and beauty come in many shapes and sizes.

    • Marsha Hudnall says:

      You won, Hayley! Send your snail mail address to marsha @ and we’ll get your copy in the mail asap. Be sure to let us know what you think of the book!

      all the best,

      P.S. Love your comment and everyone else’s, too! So great to see this “wave” building.

  7. Shelley Klein says:

    Too many of us watch TV and read magazines in which every person is beautiful and thin! We have to change our reference and take pleasure in our own bodies. We have to practice self compassion and find happiness with what we already have.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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