Body Respect by Linda Bacon PhD and Lucy Aphramor PhD, RD, explains the real crisis in health is the toxic stigma placed on certain bodies and the impact of living with inequality – not myths about weight loss.
Dr. Linda Bacon and Dr. Lucy Aphramor’s Body Respect debunks common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health. They also help make sense of how poverty and oppression–such as racism, homophobia, and classism–affect life opportunity, self-worth, and even influence metabolism. Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to overcome our culture’s shame and distress about weight, to get real about inequalities and health, and to show every body respect.