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Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
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“Once you consider the extent of the magical thinking that tends to be tied in to the fantasy of thinness, you can understand how threatening it is to consider the idea that you may never get the thin body you crave. It means that you never get to become the person you want to be. Wow! No wonder it’s so painful to let go of the drive to lose weight! Accepting your body is not just about physicality, it’s about accepting who you are, not continuing to wait until you become the person you imagine being.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“You only have one body and despite how well you live your life, it may never change. Can you afford to hate yourself for the rest of your life?”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“Cross-cultural studies suggest that larger people are not subject to the same diseases in countries where there is less stigma attached to weight.254 Also, in the United States, there is a stronger relationship between BMI and morbidity (disease) and mortality (early death) among groups more negatively affected by body image concerns (younger people, Caucasians, and women).278279280281 Even more telling, when researchers looked at a nationally representative group of more than 170,000 U.S. adults, they found the difference between actual weight and perceived ideal weight was a better indicator of mental and physical health than BMI.282 In other words, feeling fat has stronger health effects than being fat.”
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“Eating when you’re hungry helps maintain your setpoint and keep you at the weight that’s right for you, and denying your hunger leads to compensatory mechanisms that trigger fat storage and weight gain.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Yet today there’s simply too much noise around the issues of food, hunger, and eating for us to listen to our own bodies. We live in a world that’s decided to define food as “good” or “bad,” a world that encourages us to ignore our hunger and fullness signals in favor of continually seeking out that Holy Grail of thinness, or to use food to fill needs that have nothing to do with sustenance.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“There’s one nutritional concept that seems to make a healthy relationship with food particularly difficult, and that’s the idea that some foods are good while others are bad.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Food is a wonderful source of pleasure—but it will get you into trouble if it’s the only source of pleasure you have in your life.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Accepting your body is not just about physicality, it’s about accepting who you are, not continuing to wait until you become the person you imagine being.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“All you can do is present your truth. And then you can make choices about whom you want to surround yourself with. You are worthy of love. There are people who will enjoy you as you are, who will love and support you, even if you haven’t met them yet. Make it a priority to find them.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“In this, the largest epidemiological study ever conducted, the highest life expectancy is among individuals who are overweight by our current standards and the lowest life expectancy is among those defined as underweight. What’s more, individuals who fit into what is deemed the ideal weight range had a lower life expectancy than some of those who were obese.)”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“if you feel driven to eat for emotional reasons, you don’t have an eating problem. Nope. You have a caretaking problem. You’re not taking proper care of yourself.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“consider heart disease: To date, three different microbes have been discovered that are thought to contribute to clogged arteries. There is also a well-established association between periodontal disease and heart disease that is attributed to certain bacteria.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“Years ago, before the advent of modern food manufacturing, most available foods were nutritious, farm-grown or farm-raised foods that sent messages to our weight regulation system. Our body read those signals, driving us to get calories in proportion to our needs. However, modern food processing has changed that. Today, the cheap calories found in the saturated fats, trans fats, and high-glycemic carbohydrates common in today’s “industrial diet” don’t register as strongly in our weight regulation system and don’t turn off our hunger drive, thus pushing many of us to eat more despite getting sufficient calories. It is not surprising that much epidemiologic research shows a strong relationship between consumption of low-cost, processed foods and weight.231”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“It is a sad fact of life that women often bond over commiserating about their flawed bodies or failed diets. To”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“LIVE WELL PLEDGE Today, I will try to feed myself when I am hungry.
Today, I will try to be attentive to how foods taste and make me feel.
Today, I will try to choose foods that I like and that make me feel good.
Today, I will try to honor my body’s signals of fullness.
Today, I will try to find an enjoyable way to move my body.
Today, I will try to look kindly at my body and to treat it with
love and respect.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“Instead of putting our energy into thinking about how we can improve the world, we obsess about how we can change our bodies.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“In one study, women were told they were going to rate the quality of certain foods. Some women got a milkshake followed by three bowls of ice cream; some just got the ice cream. The restrained eaters who didn’t get the milkshake ate very little of the ice cream (trying to be “good”), but those who drank the milkshake also ate most of the ice cream. (The “what the hell” effect. . . i.e., “I drank the milkshake, I ruined my diet, what the hell, I’ll eat the ice cream, too.”) The idea that there will be a restriction in the future paradoxically motivated these women to act counter to their internal restriction, “to get it while I can.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Several studies have shown that when people increase their activity they also increase their self-confidence, self-acceptance, and sense of personal worth and feel more comfortable in their bodies.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Moderation—which you’ll find happens naturally once you learn to tune into you internal hunger cues—not avoidance, is all you need. Extremism won’t be more effective—and is likely to even work against you.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“Because statistics clearly show that when industry funds research, the published results are much more likely to show beneficial effects than research conducted without industry funding.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
“maintaining the right weight for you is about respecting your hunger and trusting your body to guide you in doing what’s best. And that’s hard to do if you’re regularly eating for reasons other than hunger and making choices that don’t give you pleasure.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“it is well documented that obese people with hypertension live significantly longer than thinner people with hypertension291292293294 and have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or early death.295”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size
“These women discovered that their focus on weight loss had hidden their real quest: a desire to feel better about themselves, to have more vitality and good health, to feel attractive for themselves, not for anyone else. Once they dropped the weight-loss focus, that’s exactly what they got.”
Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size