Podcast Themes: Weight Stigma Research
Episode 108: How Weight Stigma Harms Culture and Excludes Higher Weight People from IVF, Hip Replacements and More, with Fiona Willer
Why do higher weight folks get denied treatment for hip replacements, IVF, and even adoption? Find out the ways our culture excludes fat people even when research contradicts our approaches. My guest is Fiona Willer, HAES dietitian, academic, educator and creator of the HealthNotDiets Digest.
Episode 101: Worried about being called fat? Anticipated weight stigma harms health with Dr. Angela Meadows, PhD
Weight stigma, problems with our culture and the biases we carry about higher weight people harms their health. One pathway is through internalized stigma that elevates a person’s worry and anxiety about how they will be treated by the people and the physical spaces in this world (think comfortable seats – or the right to sit!). Founder of the International Weight Stigma Conference, Dr. Angela Meadows and I discuss.
Episode 100: Diet Culture Exists Because We Don’t Want to Die with Michelle Allison the Fat Nutritionist
Psychology research in terror management theory has shown that when people are primed with thoughts of mortality, their behaviors change, but not necessarily in helpful ways. Tune in as I talk with dietitian Michelle Alison (the Fat Nutritionist) about how she was able to extrapolate Ernest Becker’s research from the 1980s to today’s diet culture which is full of “wellness” messages about saving your life with every bite of food, every minute of exercise, and every pill.
Episode 98: Understanding Weight Stigma Research Part One – with Jeffrey Hunger, PhD
I talk to Dr Jeffery Hunger, a postdoctoral scholar in Health Psychology at UCLA.
As a social and health psychologist, Dr. Hunger is interested in using insights from psychology to understand and ultimately improve the health of stigmatized groups (e.g., heavier individuals, racial and sexual minorities).
We have a great conversation about how stigma impacts mental and physical health and why stigmatizing weight should never be used as a health promotion tool. We also talk about the need for research on weight stigma/body image and health to be more intersectional.