Interviews Citing Linda: Why not diet? Archive

7/23/14, Yahoo! Health: Are Wedding Diets Healthy?, by Beth Greenfield

“The practice of crash dieting before you tie the knot — or at any time — is not even healthy, Linda Bacon, diet expert and author of “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Weight Loss,” tells Yahoo Health. “All calorie restriction is dangerous — after all, you’re depriving your body of nutrients — and the more extreme, the more danger they pose,” she explaiins, listing compromised immune system, lost muscle and bone strength, and a miserable mood as some of the pitfalls of the practice. ”

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5/17/14: New York Magazine, A Non-Diet Diet: The Case for Eating Whatever You Want, by Melissa Dahl.

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Proponents of intuitive eating argue that their method may be a healthier and more realistic way of managing food intake. “Usually when people have a history of chronic dieting, what that means is they’ve learned to shut off their body’s signals,” says Linda Bacon, a nutrition professor and researcher at City College of San Francisco and the University of California, Davis. “So they can’t even recognize hunger, because for so long they’ve thought that hunger is something you’re supposed to suppress — or ignore.”

Bacon sometimes takes her students through an experiment with a food they love, usually chocolate. “I tell them to take a little bite of it, and notice all the sensations in your mouth and how it tastes,” she said. “And then take another small bite. When you keep doing that, inevitably what people see is that the third or fourth bites don’t taste nearly as good as the first bite. You’re getting clues from your body, which is saying, ‘Slow down, don’t eat so much, I’ve got what I need.’”

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3/24/14: Priory, Searching for ‘Thinspiration’ Online.

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Dr Bacon states the issues with encouraging this kind of dieting “On a short term basis, people who follow restrictive diet plans like this will have nutrient deficiencies (which may not be immediately noticeable) and will weaken their immune system. The damage to the immune system may show up as increased vulnerability to viruses like colds. They may also experience concerns related to low energy, like irritability, impaired concentration, lethargy, and preoccupation with food. And when it doesn’t result in sustained weight loss, it may lower their self-esteem; make them feel like a failure. It also reinforces their bad feelings about their body.”

Similarly talk of appetite suppressants and those encouraging each other to fast or restrict are potentially causing themselves a lot of harm. “Hunger is a good thing.” Dr Bacon went on “It lets us know that our body needs nourishment. If you don’t trust and respond to hunger, after a while the self-regulatory set point mechanism that controls your fat stores breaks down. You weaken your innate ability to hear your hunger and fullness signals. When this happens, most people actually gain weight over the long-term.”

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7/3/13: Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Are You Spiritually Fat?, by Marc David.

“Do yourself a favor and go Google the term “health at every size.”

What you’ll find is a growing movement and a body of research that is quite clear and unequivocal around the following conclusion: other than intense extremes, humans can be quite healthy at just about any size or weight. One can be overweight and be healthy and long-lived. One can have the “perfect” size, shape, and weight and be unwell or dis-eased. An amazing woman, Dr. Linda Bacon, wrote a brilliant book with this very title – Health at Every Size – that details the compelling and unmistakable research that bears this out.”

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3/16/13: Digital Journal, Op-Ed: Weight loss doesn’t improve health, says nutrition expert Linda Bacon, by Ernest Dempsey.

Linda Bacon: “The war on obesity is causing untold damage to fat people and thin people alike. By stigmatizing fat and fat people, it’s creating stress and supporting discrimination. By inducing us to invest in so far useless efforts at weight control, it has resulted in rampant preoccupation with food and weight, disordered eating habits, and billions in wasted dollars. And, by focusing the medical community on fat over other factors, it’s causing us to overlook more pernicious – and more curable – sources of disease.

My goal is to see an end to this war, through the peace movement called Health at Every Size®. The premise behind Health at Every Size, commonly referred to as HAES, is simple: HAES advocates switching the focus from weight to health. This simple reframing will have profound implications for billions of people who are, right now, victims of the war on obesity.

Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/345802#ixzz2Nhr0Hve6

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1/31/13, WebMD, Pros, Cons of Weight Loss Reality Shows, Janet Helm.

“I can’t find anything ‘pro’ or positive about shows built on shaming and self-hate,” said Bacon, who is the author of Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. “The damage to the participants seems pretty obvious. For viewers, rather than inspiring people to care for themselves, weight-loss shows are more likely to inspire discomfort and fear: Even thin people can fear being judged by the harsh standards of reality TV.”

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