All Fired Up About Bad Weight Loss Research with Louise Adams

Picture of a white woman with curly brown hair and red lipstick smiling. Text: 5-10% Weight Loss is Good for Your health and other BS with Ragen Chastain All Fired Up Ep #75

If you don’t know about Louise Adam’s Untrapped, then you are missing out on incredible activism and commentary. As part of her seriously impressive body of work, Louise has a podcast called All Fired Up and I got to be a guest to talk about the issues with weight loss research.

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Creating A Weight-Neutral, Body Affirming Health Journey

The weight loss industry works hard to conflate weight loss with the concept of health, so even when we realize that diets don’t work and we get off the diet roller coaster, it can be difficult to separate our diet culture past from our desire to support our body moving forward. Health is an amorphous, multifactorial concept and it’s not an obligation, barometer of worthiness, or entirely within our control. Understanding that, in this workshop we’ll discuss how we can come to our personal health journey entirely on our own terms and leave diet culture behind for good.

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Workshop: Dealing With New Year’s Diet BS

I am honored to join Marcy of Plus Bus, Marina of Peridot Robes, Deb Malkin – Somatic Pain Coach, and Tigress Osborn, Chair of and to speak at this event created by Chrystal Bougon for “educating us and most likely sometimes entertaining us at my FAT COMMUNITY Watch Party on January 8th.”It’s just $5 and you can join live or get the video the next day. Like Chrystal says, “Let’s ACTIVATE and lift each other up through this hideous DIET b.s. that comes at us every January.”I hope to see you there!

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One thought on “All Fired Up About Bad Weight Loss Research with Louise Adams

  1. What a cute doggy! ❤

    I also thought it was a great take-down of the biggest problem with weight loss research. That problem isn't that the research itself is bad (although there is plenty of bad research), it's that the studies' authors, whose work is funded by weight loss companies looking for them to reach a very specific conclusion, know most people aren't going to actually read the research, so they deliver the desired conclusion whether the data supports it or not. So you'll get something like, "In conclusion, our program in tandem with exercise and a balanced diet produces two to three pounds of sustainable weight loss per month." But then you go back and read what actually happened, and half the participants dropped out because the program wasn't working, and then they threw out forty percent of the data they collected as "outliers," and then the participants they did keep had already started to regain the weight when they stopped measuring. It's not so much the data that's deceptive as the delivery.

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