This book, coauthored by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, picks up where Bacon’s Health at Every Size (HAES) leaves off. It more fully contextualizes health and health narratives within the framework of social justice (which wasn’t fully present in the first HAES book).
For example, there’s research showing that three quarters of our health outcomes are determined by oppression; yet most of the mainstream HAES, body positivity and anti-diet community focuses on the individual choice/self-love component…even though that has the least impact on our daily experiences. In a way, that sets us up for grief and failure because we’re struggling against things that seem invisible because we haven’t named them.
This book remedies that neoliberal perceptual failure by deepening our HAES analysis by more fully grounding our health and health choices in the wider social, institutional realities we’re actually navigating.
It’s both so smart and such a relief to read.