About Linda

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., is an internationally-recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health. A nutrition professor and researcher, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology, and exercise metabolism, with a specialty in nutrition, has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health, and is well-published in top scientific journals. She offers powerful training seminars, helping people become change agents in six countries and around the U.S. Linda’s advocacy for Health at Every Size® has generated a large following on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, 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’s Sunday Times, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, and magazines including Prevention, Glamour, Cooking Light, Newsweek, Fitness Magazine, Utne Reader, and National Geographic. Well known for her political and social commentary, Linda frequently guest posts on a wide variety of internet sites. Her most recent book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, co-authored by Lucy Aphramor, a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health, has been acclaimed for changing the weight discourse world-wide. Her first book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, called the “Bible” of the alternative health movement by Prevention Magazine and others, ranks consistently high in Amazon’s health titles, four years after first publication, and consistently garners laudatory reviews. Her recent Nutrition Journal article, co-authored with Lucy Aphramor, ranks as “most-highly accessed” and has been widely discussed. Bacon has a large fan following and is considered an icon in the alternative health and size acceptance communities. She is also a dynamic and compelling public speaker, consistently drawing large and enthusiastic crowds.

Look for her next book in 2016, Eat Well: For your Self, For the World, a handbook for cutting neurosis from our daily diets and, in the process, improving our health and the health of our world.

With a rare dual perspective combining academic expertise and clinical experience, Dr. Bacon is adept at providing a link between scientific research and practical application. This enables her to bring authority and compassion to her writing and speaking. Additionally, she is a healthy, fit and dynamic role model for the ideas she presents. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and her experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work.


Dr. Bacon teaches at City College of San Francisco, and is currently teaching courses on health and social justice.


Dr. Bacon is an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. Her research examines the impact of Health at Every Size.