Podcast Themes: Weight Stigma
Podcast 150: Racism Explains the Origins of Fat Phobia and Diet Culture, with Sabrina Strings PhD, Author of Fearing the Black Body
Sabrina Strings, PhD is the author of the book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. We discuss how she was able to connect racism with fat phobia, control of women’s bodies historically and through today’s diet culture, and how medicine’s use of the BMI metric is problematic and harmful. We discuss why only white women’s bodies were subjects of control in historical fat phobia. Dr. Strings shares the history of the BMI development and its flaws. We share personal stories for how BMI and weight bias in medicine harms people today. Dr. Strings also shares how she was discouraged from even writing this book.
Air Date: June 2020
Podcast 149 – Learn & Grow Part 13: How to Avoid a “Weight Lecture” at the Doctors With Bernie Salazar
Bernie Salazar guests with an update on how he is changing the conversation with his primary care doctors.
He’s better at boundaries and aiming to keep the focus on medical needs, but the doctors still clearly struggle to understand what it means to provide weight inclusive medical care.
Air Date: May 2020
Podcast 143: “I Developed a Restrictive Eating Disorder in Elementary School. Here’s Why It Wasn’t Diagnosed for Over a Decade” with Gloria Oladipo
Let’s talk about eating disorders that are born from culture and hidden in plain sight. My guest to share her personal story is Gloria Oladipo, a 20-year-old Black woman who developed an eating disorder in elementary school that went undiagnosed for over a decade. A student at Cornell University, Gloria also works as a freelance writer and has been published in Teen Vogue, Healthline, Wear Your Voice, Bitch Media, Bustle, and other publications.
Air Date: February 2020
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 124: Eliminating weight stigma from medical care with Jennifer Gaudiani MD, author of sick enough
Weight stigma is harmful to human health at all sizes. The medical community upholds weight stigma and harms the very people they should be helping by weighing patients without informed consent, blaming weight on non weight related concerns like earaches and wrist pain, and recommending weight loss based on the unscientific BMI measurement. Medicine must work from the inside out to eradicate the problems they have perpetuated. Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani author of the book Sick Enough has made weight inclusive medical care a priority at her Denver based telemedicine clinic and she shares her ideas for why doctors must act to eradicate weight stigma on this episode.
Air Date: July 2019
Episode 111: Negative body image, depression, and mindful self-care in pregnancy and postpartum with Dr. Jennifer Webb
Dr. Jennifer Webb is back on the podcast to share outcomes of our Body Kindness research study examining mindful self-care and depressive symptoms in pregnancy and 5 years postpartum. Tune in to learn about the novel outcomes and get some advice you can use — really, it’s good advice for anyone — pregnant or not. We all have a body and we can all heal our relationship to it.
Air Date: February 2019
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.
Air Date: January 2019
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.
Air Date: December 2018
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.
Air Date: November 2018
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.
Air Date: November 2018
Episode 84: Body Image Flexibility: Insights from Self-compassion and Positive Body Image Research with Jennifer Webb, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Webb studies body image in women as part of her research at UNC Charlotte. Webb’s lab is currently investigating body image in pregnant and postpartum women with my book Body Kindness. Get insights from Dr. Webb’s current and recent work on Self-compassion and Body Image Healing in this episode.
Air Date: June 2018