Podcast Themes: Diet Culture
Podcast 163: Rebecca and Bernie with Aubrey Gordon, on What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat
In this emotional episode, Bernie Salazar, former “winner” of NBC’s The Biggest Loser share his regrets and what he has learned from reading Aubrey Gordon’s new book, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat.
We discuss how anti-fat bias shows up everywhere from air travel to our children’s schools and we envision a new world where higher weight people are treated with respect, kindness, and full humanity.
Air Date: December 2020
Podcast 156: BODY TALK – Helping Young Adults Explore Their Radical Anatomy with Kelly Jensen
I talk with Kelly Jensen about her new book for young adults called Body Talk, which covers the themes of ability and disability, body positivity, fat positivity, tattoos, language, and much more.
Air Date: August 2020
Podcast 151: White Supremacy of Yoga with Sabrina Strings PhD, Author of Fearing the Black Body
Join me in conversation with Dr. Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. She also is a certified yoga teacher and advocate for inclusivity in yoga. We discuss our experiences with yoga and hope for systemic change.
Air Date: June 2020
Podcast 138: Why being “ANTI-diet” is “pro” health with Christy Harrison, HAES dietitian, host of Food Psych podcast and author of Anti-Diet
As more people become aware of words like “body positivity” and “anti-diet” it opens the door for confusion — what does it actually mean and is it really good for health? What makes something a “diet? Christy Harrison’s book Anti-Diet lays out the historical context of dieting and weight stigma, seeking to explain why not dieting at all is actually better for your health. We discuss why healthcare providers must examine how we oppress people operating in a weight normative model of care and how we can create a better, healthier world when we commit to anti-oppression.
Air Date: December 2019
Episode 125: Kurbo Weight Watchers App for Kids is Upsetting Parents and Professionals
In this episode, parents speak out about why they would not use Kurbo Weight Watchers App to help their kids lose weight or or build “healthy lifestyles”. Tune in to hear their heart wrenching stories of their own struggles with body shame and diets. Plus you’ll hear me share what I found deeply concerning about the Kurbo when I used it for just a few days— and perhaps most important, I’ll share inspiring insights for what you can do if you are a parent concerned about your kids health and weight.
Air Date: August 2019
Podcast 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.
Air Date: November 2018
Episode 83: Dietland on AMC with Sarai Walker, author of the Novel, Dietland
Dietland is a wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name. I’m delighted to say that Sarai is my guest on the podcast today!
Equal parts revenge fantasy and heartfelt journey to self-acceptance, Dietland is a darkly comedic story that explores a multitude of issues faced by women today — including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture, and unrealistic beauty standards.
Air Date: June 2018
Episode 79: Diets Can Kiss My A** with Jes Baker author of Landwhale and Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
In her latest book, a memoir aptly titled Landwhale (you’ll find out why in the show), Jes Baker, covers important topics in the body positivity and fat liberation space that need to be discussed in the mainstream culture and she does it all through beautiful writing from her personal experience with a liberal dose of blunt honesty and humor.
Jes and I discuss her evolving relationship with her body and how to deal with HAES “trolls”. Plus we discuss why dieting is the greatest scam of them all from her chapter on “Have you ever thought of dieting?”.
Air Date: May 2018
Episode 75: Your Body Is Not an Apology, with Author, Poet, and Activist Sonya Renee Taylor
Are you in need of some radical self-love? This is your Body Kindness episode.
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation.
Air Date: April 2018
Episode 65: So You Want to Talk About Race with Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo wants us to talk about race. In her book, So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press) she breaks down the barriers and explains, in simple terms and with lively examples, key concepts of privilege, intersectionality, microagressions, cultural appropriation, and more.
Air Date: January 2018
Podcast 27: Culture Jamming and Mindful Healing with Jes Baker
Jes Baker gives two proud middle fingers to our culture that dictates what is valuable and beautiful. Through her blog, The Militant Baker, her book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, speaking engagements, and social media spaces, Jes has disrupted the “thin ideal” by challenging marketing of clothes, perfume, and more showing that fat bodies get to enjoy all the things thin bodies can enjoy.
Air Date: April 2017
Episode 16: The Religion of Diet Culture
What does religion have to do with diets? Probably more than you think. In this episode I talk with professor of religious studies and author of the book, The Gluten Lie, Dr. Alan Levinovitz.
We discuss why “cleansing” and forms of restriction we see with today’s diet culture is not about health at all.
Air Date: January 2017