When it comes to the depressing cycle of failed public initiatives and fruitless personal efforts to trim our waistlines, who wouldn't wish for a more hopeful angle or at least some evidence-based alternatives to the same, tired story line?
Fortunately, that information is out there, and I can lead you to it. I can point you to expert sources, peer-reviewed studies, personal anecdotes and reasoned arguments for a new approach to our nation's obesity obsession. I am Linda Bacon, PhD, health scientist, author (http://www.haesbook.com), professor, and internationally recognized expert on weight and metabolism.
With other respected scientists, physicians, psychologists, therapists, dietitians and others, I advocate the principles of Health at Every Size®, or HAES. HAES rejects a fruitless focus on fat in favor of a more hopeful, more accepting, more effective and cheaper approach to improving health. It's all about how you live, not how you look.
If you are willing to ask fresh questions about fat and obesity, we can help you find answers. Our community is growing (www.haescommunity.org)
OBESITY? SHOW ME THE DATA!
What are some of these new questions that need asking? Everyone talks these days about "evidence-based"
In the Health at Every Size community, "show me the data" is our mantra. Following the fact trail, we can direct you to rigorous studies (http://www.nutritionj.com/
• not just that weight-loss rarely works, but that it's unnecessary;
• that the harms we blame on obesity-and the benefits we attribute to weight loss-stem from factors like how we exercise and eat, not what we weigh;
• that stable fat poses little lifelong risk, but yoyo'ing weights common to dieters are really dangerous;
• that mortality is actually higher for those with "normal" and "low" BMIs than it is for those deemed overweight (Sound crazy? It comes from the Centers for Disease Control, and was published in JAMA, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
• that life spans have expanded almost in lockstep with waistlines, casting doubt on the supposed deadliness of fat.
We can demonstrate why fat stigma is more dangerous than rolls of fat. We can underline the distinctly un-healthy ways a drive for profits motivates private and public spending on fat. (Just one example: The for-profit health care company running Georgia's notorious anti-fat-kid ads (http://bit.ly/
The "obesity epidemic" is not a one-sided story, and far from scientific fact. Get the whole story. Get the skinny on fat. Get me, Linda Bacon, on the line.
HAVE A WEIGHT-RELATED QUESTION OR STORY TO REPORT? Contact Linda for critical perspective and connections to additional experts and resources. Linda has been interviewed and quoted (www.lindabacon.org/
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call 510-542-7317.
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Prof. Linda Bacon, PhD, an International authority on weight and health, advocates for Health at Every Size. She is widely interviewed and featured as an expert speaker. Her work and data appear in peer-reviewed journals and her best-selling book, "Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight."