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Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

  • Associate in AES
  • Nutrition Professor, City College of San Francisco

lbacon@ucdavis.edu

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Education

  • PhD, University of California, Davis, Physiology
  • M.A., San Francisco State University, Kinesiology
  • M.A., Naropa Institute, Psychotherapy

Research Interests

Linda Bacon earned her doctorate in physiology from the University of California, Davis, specializing in weight regulation. She also holds graduate degrees in both psychology (specializing in eating disorders and body image) and exercise science (specializing in metabolism), and has professional experience as a researcher, clinical psychotherapist, exercise physiologist, and educator. In addition to serving as an Assistant Researcher in the Nutrition Department, Dr. Bacon teaches Nutrition in the Biology Department at City College of San Francisco and conducts trainings for health professionals on the latest research in weight regulation.

Dr. Bacon´s research examines size acceptance, a reduction in dieting behavior, and a heightened awareness of and response to body signals as a method of supporting improved health.

Linda’s advocacy for "Health at Every Size" has generated a large following on social media platforms, health and nutrition listservs and specialty blogs, and the international lecture circuit. She and her work are quoted regularly in national and international publications, with recent appearances in the New York Times, London Sunday Times, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, and magazines including Prevention, Glamour, Cooking Light, and National Geographic. Well known for her political and social commentary, Dr. Bacon writes an "experts" column for the Huffington Post and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.

Selected Publications

  • Bacon, L., & Aphramor, L. Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift, Nutrition Journal, 2011, 10(9).
  • Bacon, Linda, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, BenBella Books, 2010.
  • Bacon, L., & Matz, J., Intuitive Eating for People with Diabetes: Enjoy your Food, Respect your Body, Diabetes Self-Management Magazine, Dec 2010.
  • Bacon, L., Author's Reply to "Readers Respond to 'End the War on Obesity: Make Peace With Your Patients.'" Medscape General Medicine. 2007;9(1):47.
  • Bacon, L., End the War on Obesity: Make Peace With Your Patients. Medscape General Medicine. 2006;8(4):40.
  • Bacon, L, VanLoan M , Stern JS, Keim N. Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health for Obese Female Chronic Dieters. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 2005;105:929-936.
  • Bacon, L, VanLoan M , Stern JS, Keim N. Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improves Health for Obese Female Chronic Dieters. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 2005;105:929-936.
  • Bacon L, VanLoan M , Stern JS, Keim N. Low Bone Mass in Premenopausal Chronic Dieting Obese Women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2004; 58, 966-971.
  • Bacon, L. Tales of Mice and Leptin: False Promises and New Hope in Weight Control, Healthy Weight Journal, p 24-7, 2003.
  • Bacon, L., Keim, N. L., Van Loan, M. D., Derricote, M., Gale, B., Kazaks, A. and Stern, J. Evaluating a "Non-diet" Wellness Intervention for Improvement of Metabolic Fitness, Psychological Well-Being and Eating and Activity Behaviors, International Journal of Obesity, 2002;26(6), 854-865.
  • Bacon, L. Evaluating a "Health-Centered" Treatment Approach in Obese Female Restrained Eaters. Dissertation. University of California, Davis, 2001.
  • Bacon, L. and Kern, M. Evaluating a Test Protocol for Predicting Maximum Lactate Steady State. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 1999;39:300-8.