If you don’t already know, I’ve long struggled with weight and body image. It’s a major source of trauma. It’s why I started therapy.
Earlier this year, I read The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner, and it challenged my understanding of eating, exercise, and bodies entirely. From there, I wanted to know more about Health at Every Size, the foundation and theory of The F*ck It Diet’s argument. Dooner recommended reading the original book Health at Every Size and Body Respect by the leading doctor behind the movement, Dr. Lindo Bacon and co-authored with Lucy Aphramor.*
While The F*ck It Diet eased me into the idea with swearing and jokes (which I badly needed because this topic makes me squirm like a toddler), Body Respect gave me the much needed science because old academic habits never die. I was skeptical as hell, and I still have quite a few questions, but I can say I’m happier even though I have no idea how much I weigh. It’s freeing to not track every calorie like I did for ten years, count every step (I gave away my FitBit), and worry about every gram of sugar.
It also solidified the deep social injustices toward bodies especially fat bodies, which Dr. Bacon covers extensively. I’ve since learned about thin privilege, understood the bullshit that is BMI, and witnessed the discrimination the medical industry uses against fat bodies. I could provide a million links to all of these things, but that’s for another post or twenty.
I’ve not yet read the original Health at Every Size, but here’s the link for Body Respect. It’s truly a worthwhile, validating, and empowering read for anyone of any size.
* This is not an ad. It genuinely was a game changer for me.