Linda Bacon, PhD, Changing Lives: Speaking Testimonials.

Has Linda influenced the course of your life? Share your testimonial here.


Hearing Dr. Bacon speak is like getting a booster shot to immunize you against the Fat-Shaming and the pseudo-science that pervades the dieting world.
Haley Markovitz


Bacon had amazing energy and passion. Loved the way self-disclosure helped bring the points home. Her authentic presence totally captivated me. Powerfully informative.
Renfrew Conference Participant

Game Changing

Provocative. Smart. Loved the stories and humor.
Renfrew Conference Participant, 2015

The Revolution is Happening!

Totally revolutionary stuff. Wonderful presentation. I'm fired up now.
Renfrew Conference Participant, 2015


Dr. Bacon was fantastic! Perfect blend of personal/social justice/research-scientist. Excellent speaker who communicates powerfully. This is a powerful message and important topic. Please bring her back!

Participant, Renfrew Conference 2015

Shifting our Paradigm

Congratulations to Renfrew for taking this new road which more and more of us – patients and therapists – are embracing! Bacon gave words to the uncertainty many of us feel, and inspired me with new hope.

Participant, Renfrew Conference 2015

Thank you Linda for your outstanding keynote. We could not have kicked off our conference in any better way!”

Bridget Whitlow, MFT

I just wanted to email and say thank you, because when I look back at 2013, the definite, absolute highlight for me was coming to Seattle and doing that amazing training with you & Lucy. I can't begin to tell you how much it inspired me, to meet all of those smart and wonderful people and to know I'm part of something so special. And then to really get to know you in Melbourne was just incredible… to find out that one of your heroes is a really nice, wise, warm, wonderful human being is pretty much matchless in my opinion. And later... Having Linda here in Oz for a whole week was an amazing privilege! The key note speech at the largely HAES ignorant obesity conference was truly a moment I won’t forget. Linda’s keynote was inspiring, delivered passionately and with all of the data there to support HAES. It felt like we were witnessing something historical. It was an unapologetic message that the science and push towards weight loss is broken, and it’s time to stop hurting people. Wonderful. And brave!

Louise Adams, Clinical Psychologist at Treat Yourself Well, Sydney, Australia

Thank you so much for such a wonderful conference. I've heard such great feedback from students about your keynote and panel presentations. You really made an impact on our school and opened the door for many more conversations about body respect.

Brooke Kramer, M.S., Chair, Diversity Day, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology

Congratulations on such an inspiring talk tonight. I take heart in the two women [who spoke out in a post-seminar Q&A] who refuse to accept the reality of the need to keep refocusing public health matters on fact rather than mythical unachievable concepts. Well done for deflecting these notions which are embedded in the weight conscious/diet treadmill which dominates society today as a purveyor of health, success and happiness… Praise be for pioneers such as yourself who have the courage to “buck the trend!

Lisa Steele, Service Manager, National Health Service, Highland, Scotland

I firstly want to thank you for travelling to Australia for the series of workshops in October. I was privileged enough to attend the very small group workshop in Adelaide. Learning more about the HAES message has enhanced my clinical practice and enhanced my work presenting seminars which are designed to assist parents to bring up children with a healthy body image. The HAES message is fantastic. The downside is that I now find myself yelling at the television when I see shows about the “obesity epidemic” and feeling furious reading newspaper articles which fear monger weight. Fat discrimination is horrendously apparent in Australia and person by person we need to fight it. I just wanted to thank you for creating a greater level of passion for this work, and thank you for coming to Adelaide.

Dr Emma Johnston, Clinical Psychologist, Adelaide, Australia

Rarely have I attended a workshop as useful as the one presented by Linda recently. I found Linda’s workshop to be personally and professionally helpful. I feel the workshop was exceptionally well-planned to encourage participants’ learning of not only the HAES perspective; but to assist participants to develop the confidence to present the HAES perspective to others. I appreciated Linda’s encouraging participants to adopt a compassionate perspective of those who maintain the traditional ‘weight loss = health’ approach. Linda was kind enough to allow participants the time to process, integrate and reflect upon the content she presented – this is very useful to the busy practitioner who struggles to find time to do this post-workshop! Finally, Linda’s passion for the social justice issues surrounding HAES and her obvious empathy inspired me to commit to working with the HAES approach in my practice with clients. Thank you, Linda!

Stacey Dixon

I’m a huge fan. I wanted to send a quick note to tell you how much I admire your work and truly appreciate and embody (pun intended) your values and research. I am currently studying at Marc David’s Institute for the Psychology of Eating and I heard you speak back in August in his online seminar. I was so moved, enlightened and comforted by the things you said.

Erica Jacobs

Linda, I watched you as a guest speaker in my Coursera class on Nutrition and THANK YOU for your research and ideology on weight management. I am living proof of everything you said. FINALLY someone of your STATURE confirms what I believe and have lived. I starved myself in my teen years to be ” thin ” and its been a battle ever since ( I am now 53 ). I have been a avid exerciser for the last 30 YEARS and my weight has NEVER been what I wanted it to be in that time. I do now believe that EATING REAL FOOD is the KEY to long term good health and that is what I strive to do each day… also with my kids, who now in their teens, have the urge to starve themselves. this is not healthy and I try my best to convey this to them. Eat REAL FOOD, exercise and dont worry about the number on the scale. Not everyone can be a size 0 and thats ok…. THANK U SOOOOOO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR VIEWPOINT… I would LOVE to send a copy of your lecture to MY DOCTOR, who needs to hear this… God Bless

Janet Lynn Morgan

Engaging speaker and very thought provoking and applicable! Excellent! …
Excellent presentation with support of evidence-based studies, challenging existing thoughts. Great recommendation to shift the paradigm of obesity war…
Very refreshing. Very good message about focusing on behavior and not weight…
Thoughtful, engaging and refreshing to see someone taking a social justice perspective — thank you! …
Excellent presenter. Engaging, myth-busting, memorable. Not self- promotional…
Excellent speaker: Engaging, thought-provoking. Grateful someone has taken time to review the evidence and chase things like BMI…
Excellent. EXCELLENT! Loved this!!

from the dietitians who attended Bacon’s seminar in Vancouver

Linda is an extremely compelling speaker. I especially appreciate how she scrutinizes the received wisdom about overweight/obesity, and I certainly share her views that severing the link between some idealized notion of “normal weight” and overall health can enhance both health and health care practice. Health professionals engaged in this topic, and the general public, will surely benefit from Linda’s framework and message.

Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Health Policy, University of California San Francisco

I've listened to hundreds of professional talks, but this is one of the few that has been genuinely transformational–I came away looking at the world in a different way.

Danny Wedding, Psychology Professor, Alliant University

Dr. Linda Bacon’s talk on “Weight Science” was a clear deconstruction of the existing literature on the dangers of obesity and effectiveness of weight loss treatment. She debunks major theories of weight science and lays out step by step how a Health at Every Size approach to body weight is the safest, most effective, and healthiest way to treat your body. Everyone should hear what she has to say, but especially health care professionals who care about people’s weight issues.

Michael I Loewy, Ph.D., Clinical PHD Program Director, California School of Professional Psychology

I have rarely had the pleasure of listening to someone so knowledgeable – especially with regards to the latest research – and so passionate and *com*passionate about their work. You have a rare gift for presenting compelling, well organized data on challenging topics in a very welcoming, open-hearted way. The discussions you lead are often just as interesting as your data presentations, too! I learn new things every time I hear you speak or read something you've written, and I'm always left with intriguing ideas to ponder and new ideas for helping my patients.

Lisa Du Breuil, LICSW

I appreciate the courage it took for you to be vulnerable in your keynote with us. You modeled authenticity and humility so powerfully. Thank you. Your willingness to share at that level was the catalyst for our participants to do the same throughout our conference. Although I have only known you by reputation, I felt as if I got to know a part of “the real” Linda on Thursday. I support your ongoing efforts to spread the message of resilience through compassion and self-love.

Michelle E. Minero, MFT, Author of the Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works

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