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D healthy living manual that debunks the weight myths and translates the latest science into practical advice to help readers forever end their battle with weight. It s flawed in parts but I got a lot out of this book overall The core messages of this book are solid and timely Listen to your body and eat real food that makes you feel good Starving yourself to be thinner ends in weight gain for most of us and a raising of your set point weight so don t do it Move in ways that make you feel good without worrying about burning calories Don t pay attention to super skinny ideals or weight loss diet hype and just do what works for you and makes you feel healthiest Skinniness is not the same as healthiness and it is the latter which is most important The writing of the book seemed clumsy at times I feel the main points could have been put simply and that some of the text was too long and meandering in getting to a point The parts on accepting and finding your set point weight were uite good One of the strongest parts of the book was the letters at the back of the book which were to give to family to let them know it d be great if they made no positive or negative comments about your size changing because you re focusing on health and not mere weight change A letter for doctors was also includedThere are also some not so good parts of this book I feel this book would have been a lot stronger if the sections on nutrition were omitted entirely and the book just made the points about health being important than weight clearly and powerfully The author should focus on the topic she really knows a lot aboutThe nutrition information in this book really is bad It s basically a description of the food pyramid 30% of calories from fat is talked about as way too much fat this despite the fact lipid experts such as Mary Enig PhD say that for some of us 30% is nowhere near enough dietary fat 10% of calories from protein is said to be too high a protein intake So what you re left with is a diet that is probably 70% or carbohydrate That is a level many of us just cannot cope with and which makes us feel constantly starving hungry ill and weak even after meals Not to mention making us gain weight like crazy even if we re putting everything we have into eating in a healthy way For some of us eating beans counts as a hungry making starch food not a protein food Not telling readers that some people just can t cope with high carb diets and are not suited to them sets them up for failure following the HAES plan and then blaming themselves for it The same is true for people with food allergies to common foods such as grains and soy Eating foods you are allergic to makes you crave them it is one of the symptoms The concept of eating the same old junk but in moderation just doesn t work for many of us It sets us up to failThe message to enjoy junk foods and other not so healthy common foods in moderation is problematic Some of us physically can t eat these foods in moderation that is the whole problem They do things to our bodies which shut off our bodies natural satiety signals and make us feel unwell afterwards too or constantly unwell if we eat them often enough This subject is tackled brilliantly in the book A Life Unburdened I highly recommend it It also explains why saturated fat is a healthy food that is good for you along with cholesterol containing foods It is the new fangled unnatural fats which don t suit us not the ones we have been eating for tens of thousands of years such as animal fatThere is so much wrong information in the nutritional chapters but it s also very badly written and constantly contradicts itself The research uality is poor The author says we have virtually the same genes today as our Paleolithic ancestors had so we will do best eating the same diet they did a diet which gave animal foods very special importance Then she says that because of industrial meat farming practices the best way to emulate a Paleo diet today is to eat a diet of mostly plants with meat there as a condiment only or avoided entirely because everyone knows meat and animal fat is unhealthy UmmmwhatHigh fibre highly processed breakfast cereals are super healthy and so are highly processed foods such as tofu says the author The huge problems with soy as a staple food as explained in books like The Whole Soy Story are never mentioned The problems with anti nutrients in whole grains are never mentioned as of course are the ways to soak and otherwise prepare grains to reduce them The book repeats lots of myths about fibre and omits information that explains that for some of us a lower fibre diet and fibre from vegetables and fruits only and not grains suits us best No amount of fibre in your diet will make your meals satisfying to you if you aren t eating enough fat in your diet or protein Accurate information on eating what our ancestors ate and the foods our genes are best suited to is in books such as Primal Body Primal Mind I m not convinced by the thrify gene theory this book puts so much importance in A few good books such as Good Calories Bad Calories have done a great job debunking this myth far convincingly Seeing how ignorant and misled the author was on basic nutrition theory it also made it hard to have much faith in the uality of some of the novel ideas on body chemistry and weight regulation put forth in this bookAt the end of one of the nutrition chapters the author says that if in doubt eat food that is as whole as possible and as minimally messed with as possible That should have been the entire nutrition section really Eating what makes you feel good makes sense but doing so when guided by a bit of basic nutrition knowledge is essential too especially if you have any health or nutrition issues It helps you better understand the messages your body is trying to send youI give the sections on focusing on health and not the scales 45 out of 5 I give the nutrition section 1 out of 5 so have settled on a 3 star rating overall I d love to see an updated edition of this book that was much shorter and sharper and that omitted all nutrition information I d buy several copies for friends and family But right now I couldn t give anyone a book with such problematic nutrition information in itJodi Bassett The Hummingbirds Foundation for ME HFME and Health Healing Hummingbirds HHH

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Health at Every Size The Surprising Truth about Your Weight

Fat isn't the problem Dieting is the problem A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem A medical e. First I want to say that this book is a must read for anyone who is overweight and has ever wished they were thinner Even if I felt the book was flawed in a few ways I think it s still incredibly valuableThere s a whole movement started by the book and it s a really empowering wonderful thingEssentially the point of this book is that the chips are stacked against higher weight Americans that our senses of hunger and satiety has been manipulated for the profit of food and pharmaceutical companies and that no conventional diet has ever proven to have consistent long term results She argues that we should be angry at the commodification of our hunger and the way our bodies are viewed as vehicles for profit and consumptionShe argues that fat itself is not the cause of disease rather the things that often correlate to fat and yet we view fat people s health problems as self inflicted and deserved as a way of blaming the victim She discusses the way obesity in and of itself is NOT disease it just often goes along with disease so we assume the weight itself is the problem when it is notThe book is one half an overview of the research about fat food lifestyle and disease the second half is devoted to helping people let go of the obsession with their weight and instead focus on healthy choices It is kind of written for yo yo dieters people who hate their bodies and have struggled with weight loss their entire lives It has a bit of a self helpy tone that wasn t really for me but I appreciate it s value and that s part of why I recommend itBut here is where I have a problem The most compelling chapter in my opinion is where she insists that obesity in and of itself is not a killer not even bad for you at all Her main argument is that the fatdeath fatdisease belief so purported by our government s health agencies and our research centers boils down to correlation not causation and the obesity epidemic is blown out of proportion and manufactured by the powers that be as a way to keep us dieting and obsessed with losing weight And that overweight fit people who eat relatively healthfully are actually healthier than very skinny peopleI think there is some traction to this and it s a valuable discussion I agree that being physically fit and healthy eating are FAR important that some number on a scale and I know many larger people who are perfectly healthy I agree that the correlation between obesity and disease does NOT imply causation and people can be healthy at every sizeThe discussion on type 2 diabetes was most compelling to me because of the way obese people can make the reuisite changes to keep diabetes under control or even eliminate diabetes completely and their doctor will say that s great but you still need to lose weight That to me was really valuable the way the medical side sees things as just weight loss and nothing else when there is little data to support whyHowever she leaves out some very important stuff and that made me really madShe argues that correlation does not eual causation and yet so much of her argument does EXACTLY the same thing She cites data cherry picked data at that that shows a correlative link between overweight people and health Exactly what she says the other side is doing So at best that argument proves that the data can go either way and we don t really knowBut most importantly she cherry picks what diseases she talks about to defend fat as not leading to disease She says fat does not cause any of our leading chronic diseases except for some cancers sleep apnea and osteoarthritis Oh really except for that one pesky condition osteoarthritis the disease you don t speak about for the rest of the bookMy biggest biggest beef with the book is that disability is not even mentioned I checked the index to make sure I didn t miss it Osteoarthritis caused by excess weight is the leading cause of disability in adults over 50 in the USA Osteoarthritis is caused by obesity because our muskeloskeletal system was not designed to bear so much pressure and impact caused by such great weight Osteoarthritis makes it incredibly painful to even move which leads to inactivity and thus co morbiditiesI say this not to blame obese people I take serious issue with the national narrative that obesity is caused by personal failure and I think Dr Bacon promotes a very valuable perspective on the way both the weight loss and junk food industries see our bodies as commodities and we need to reject the cultural norm that extra fat is uglywrong and work on just living healthy lives I agree with that one thousand percentI stand with the author in her fight for rights for and acceptance of fat Americans But I m seeing two extremes in the response to overweight America One response is to be hateful towards fat people and think obesity is unhealthy The other response is to be a fat activist support overweight Americans and argue that obesity is not unhealthyI really take issue with these two ways of thinking I don t think it s mutually exclusive to fight obesity in order to prevent disability not the obese people themselves AND fight discrimination against obese people and conversely I don t think that caring about obesity as a health issue means you have to think poorly of fat people And conversely just because I respect fat people think they are just as beautiful as thin people think they should not be discriminated against etc doesn t mean that I am OK with standing idly by while huge corporations make us fat We can simultaneously be angry that huge corporations have stacked the chips against our health in the name of profit AND worry about our healthWhat I m saying doesn t completely go against this book the book argues for people to make changes in their lifestyle but first they must accept and love themselves as they are I would say about 80% of the book is completely in line with my philosophy and my work as a health professional I just wish she hadn t completely left out the way obesity leads to disability

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Stablishment that euates thin with healthy is the problem Health at Every Size The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon PhD presents a well researche. This is an excellent book that explains why diets don t work and THANK GOODNESS finally shifts the blame from the dieter to the diet THE DIET DOESN T WORK Stop blaming yourself for not being able to control everything Some things are just out of your control Let it go Food is to be eaten for nutrients to nourish our bodies and provide us with the energy we need to function SO EAT FOOD Eat a variety and eat SLOWLY to enjoy the food Unprocessed foods are better for you than processed foods or fast foods Duh but I supposed it had to be said But if you want a twinkie have a freaking twinkie and then move on from it One twinkie isn t likely to kill you But supress that craving for one twinkie and you might end up binging on an entire box or a whole tub of ice cream later when you finally cave into your craving So don t supress you food cravings Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full Sounds like common sense but how times have you zoned out in front of the tv to find that bag of potato chips suddenly empty and you have a stomach ache There s a decent amount of science discussed in the book and some common sense things that have to be said because obviously people are not getting it PS I m sick of people being on diets Can you tell And I have yet to see one actually work I ve only seen eating disorders develop So stop with all the diets


10 thoughts on “Health at Every Size The Surprising Truth about Your Weight

  1. says:

    First I want to say that this book is a must read for anyone who is overweight and has ever wished they were thinner Even if I felt the book was flawed in a few ways I think it's still incredibly valuableThere's a whole movement started by the book and it's a really empowering wonderful thingEssentially the point of this book is that the chips are stacked against higher weight Americans that our senses of hu

  2. says:

    This book was not written by a medical doctor I also find the name Bacon to be deliciously ironicIt's easy to be impressed by someone who says 'I have a PhD' but keep in mind that a PhD is NOT the same as a MD Not only that but Bacon's degree

  3. says:

    Holy moley I wish I'd read this book when I was fifteen My entire life would have been changed with this knowledge and possibly that of several members of my familyIf you have any issues regarding your weight or self image or if anyone you love has those issues do not walk but RUN to get your hands on this bookThe research present

  4. says:

    This is an excellent book that explains why diets don't work and THANK GOODNESS finally shifts the blame from the dieter to the diet THE DIET DOESN'T WORK Stop blaming yourself for not being able to control everything Some things are just out o

  5. says:

    If you have ever gone on a diet even a healthy eating plan if you have ever looked at your body and thought you were fat if you ever have wished you were thin if you have ever counted a calorie you must read this book If you're a n

  6. says:

    I have been learning about Health at Every Size and the Fat Acceptance movement and am thus trying to read it's canon of literature The basic idea is that dieting and self loathing are eually bad for you and one can take better care of oneself by eating and exercising in ways that feel good This book and others like it are making

  7. says:

    It's flawed in parts but I got a lot out of this book overall The core messages of this book are solid and timely; Listen to your body and eat real food that makes you feel good Starving yourself to be thinner ends in weight gain for most of us and a raising of your set point weight so don’t do it Move in ways that make you feel good without worrying about burning calories Don’t pay attention to super skinny ideals or weight loss diet

  8. says:

    I have mixed feelings after reading Health at Every Size I have struggled for over 3 decades with eating disorders and even when my weight has been well within normal ranges ie a healthy BMI I have still felt pressure to diet to get thinner to generally not feel happy with who I am or how I look Over the years I've read

  9. says:

    I struggled with this book and not because it was badly written the author has a readable non academic style of writing I suppose because its main premise is so far from what I've believed all my life I found it rather difficult to accept While I agree with the author's view that it is counterproductive to berate oneself and go into cycles

  10. says:

    There aren’t a lot of books I would recommend to absolutely everyone If you have ever struggled with dieting felt shame about your body weight or feel like you need to lose weight you should read this book If you have ever looked at someone fat and found yourself judging their weight tried to give friends or patients a