Recently I had the chance to be on Christy Harrison’s Food Psych podcast for the second time. Christy’s work is about about intuitive eating, body acceptance, Health at Every Size, and eating disorder recovery.
You can find the podcast here! (While your’e there check out the other amazing podcasts and consider subscribing why doncha!)
Since this was my second time on the show we were able to dig deeper into some things that I think are really important (and thanks a ton to Christy for such a great interview!)
We talked about:
- The false narrative that weight loss cures issues with mobility, strength, and stamina
- The truth about pursuing intentional weight loss, for health reasons or otherwise, and how it almost always results in weight regain
- Fatphobia in the medical community and medical research
- The “obesity epidemic,” and the impact weight stigma, discrimination, and dieting/weight cycling on creating the environment for larger bodies
- The dangers of weight-loss surgery
- Health insurance complications for those in fat bodies
- Issues with the peer reviewed weight research out there
- The difference between medical care for fat bodies vs thin bodies
- Changing the biases and preconceptions of medical professionals about fat people
- Barriers to health that aren’t often discussed, such as racism and oppression
- The definition of health, and how ableist the concept of health is
- The healthcare costs of the National Football League and other professional sports players
- The “good fatty, bad fatty” dichotomy
- Considering mental health, stigma, neurodiversity, and varied communication styles in navigating the healthcare system
- The impact of systemic oppression on seeking and receiving healthcare
- How mainstream body positivity is a watered-down version of the fat acceptance movement
- The problem with promoting weight loss within eating disorder recovery
If you enjoy listening to podcasts, you’re going to love the online Fat Activism Conference!
The Fat Activism Conference is all online, so you can listen by phone or on your computer wherever you are. Plus you get recordings and transcripts of each talk so you can listen and read live and/or on your own schedule. The conference is happening October 6-8, 2017!
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