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LU 011: Virgie Tovar – “Lose hate not weight”; a critical examination of diet culture



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Hey, lovely radicals… Ear-treat ahead!
In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted” podcast, Virgie Tovar and I chat about how she became the unapologetic badass she is today. As you might guess, she wasn’t always as confident as she is nowadays, and she had to learn a lot about life, herself, sexuality, feminism and diet-culture to finally be able to liberate herself from the oppressive, fat-phobic cultural paradigm that keeps women desperately trying to fit in, often in the form of dieting and obsessing over their weight.

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She experienced first hand, what it means to be fat-shamed, stigmatized and devalued and she is now fiercely on a mission to educate people about the ugly truths behind the merciless profit-seeking mechanisms of the diet-industry, media-literacy, the effects of weight-stigma on mental and physical health and the ways of changing the current narrative. Virgie shares her story with us and you’ll hear:
– How early it got into her head that women should “lose weight”
– What measures she was willing to take in order to change her body
– How fat-phobia and weight-stigma can cause women to engage in risky sexual behavior
– How fat-stigma intersects with other cultural injustices like racism, homophobia, sexism, classism or ableism
– How she ended up with an extraordinary lifestyle and sexual adventures when she was only a teenager
– What it was that made her feel desired and more comfortable in her body
– How feminism helped her to reclaim her own power
– What the exact moment was that she finally broke up with diet-culture for good
– Why feminism is seen as something “OH, NO, THANKS!” for many people, especially women
– What her journey towards self-acceptance looked (and looks) like
– What causes her to experience bad body days
– Why fat-phobia causes ongoing trauma for people
– How bigger-bodied people can protect themselves and take care of their own mental health first
– How we can help changing the current diet-culture-poisoned paradigm one woman at a time
– How we can engage in political activism so that it can be a form of self-care
– What her nationwide lectures are all about, and what her main messages are
– What her online course “Babecamp” offers to women who are ready to ditch their diet-culture-brainwashed mentality
– What her deepest wish is
– What she would like to be remembered for…

…And so much more!
Check out her website with all of her work (including her latest book project and details about “Babecamp”) at:
http://www.virgietovar.com
and on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/virgietovar
Here’s the link to her groundbreaking anthology “Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion”:
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Heavy-Fierce-Girls-Fashion/dp/1580054382
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LU 009: Linda Bacon – What Health At Every Size (HAES) really means and the effects of weight-stigma



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In this episode of the “Life Unrestricted” podcast, I get to talk to Dr. Linda Bacon from Berkeley, California, USA. It’s a lucky day for all of us, because we get to listen to her highly insightful knowledge and opinion about our relationship to food, bodies and health.

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Dr. Linda Bacon is a health professor and researcher on the inside track of weight-regulation science, she holds graduate degrees in physiology, psychology and exercise metabolism with a specialty in nutrition. She has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and is well-published in top scientific journals, and has written two books, first, her highly acclaimed bestseller “Health At Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight” and recently “Body Respect – What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out Or Just Fail To Understand About Weight”. She is currently a health professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California Davis. She is sharing her story with us and will tell us:
– Why she invested decades diving into science
– How it is possible, that the clear understanding about health (and how little weight really plays into it) has for decades been kept from the public
– Why the truth about diets not working and weight not being an important determinator of health is being held back
– Who is really behind the decision to make “obesity” classify as a disease
– Why there is such tremendous resistance to the idea of size-acceptance
– Who and what is behind the “obesity”-crisis, fat-fear and weight-stigma
– Why our capitalist society needs us to believe there is something “wrong” with us
– Why putting the sole focus on weight-loss will not improve health markers, and what does
– Why so many women and men aren’t even recognizing the damaging effects of the myths they believe in
– Why diet and exercise are only small contributors to a person’s actual health
– How social status, agency, genes, mental and psychological stress and unfair treatment are so much more important in determining someone’s health
– How, during her Phd, she was confronted with the fact that the actual (!) truth wasn’t appreciated by decision-makers
– Why so many doctors are innocently prescribing weight-loss despite the fact that this most often doesn’t address the issue at hand
– What the pillars of Health At Every Size (HAES) really are and what the most common myths about it are
– Why Health At Every Size (HAES) is for people of all sizes, and why it gets so much push-back
– Why we need a lot of critical thinking to see behind the lies that keep so many people trapped, unhealthy, and frustrated
– Why weight- and fat-discrimination are highly detrimental to a person’s health and will never lead to long-lasting, healthy weight-management
– Why it is wise to look at so-called “scientific proof” with a critical eye
– Why people who accept and appreciate their bodies will take better care of it
– Why much of the problems we blame on fat have, in fact, nothing to do with fat
– Why both thin people as well as people in larger bodies risk medical misdiagnosis due to the BMI index
– Why she is optimistic that the medical profession will, ever so slowly, change their views
– What her mission in life is…

… And so much more!
Check out Dr. Linda Bacon, her work around Health At Every Size (HAES) and her coaching over at:
http://www.lindabacon.org
All the relevant infos and the Health At Every Size (HAES) community are here:
http://www.haescommunity.com
http://www.healthateverysizeblog.org
http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org

Here’s the links to her books:
– “Health At Every Size – The Surprising Truth About Your Weight”
https://www.amazon.com/Health-At-Every-Size-Surprising/dp/1935618253

– “Body Respect – What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out Or Just Fail To Understand About Weight”
https://www.amazon.com/Body-Respect-Conventional-Health-Understand/dp/1940363195/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471714036&sr=1-1&keywords=body+respect+linda+bacon

 

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LU 007: Kathleen A. Bishop – There’s a life beyond internalized fat-phobia.



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My friend, lovely seeing you here again!
In today’s episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, I talk to Kathleen A. Bishop from San José, California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Relapse Prevention Specialist. In private practice, she specializes in Eating and Substance Use Disorders and she works at a non-profit providing Intensive Outpatient Treatment to clients with Substance Use Disorder and cooccurring mental health conditions like anxiety, depression or Eating Disorders. Kathleen, who is also a body positive size diversity activist who promotes Health At Every Size (HAES) principles to end stigma and mistreatment that is associated with weight, has overcome her own body image obsessions and she shares her great insights with us!

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In this episode of the Life Unrestricted podcast, she talks about … all of it. You’ll even hear about the craziest diet you have ever heard. Wait for it. Horse urine is involved…. But more importantly, you’ll learn:
– How she finally found freedom from yoyo-dieting, body insecurity and disordered eating
– Why a person’s size never tells us anything about their health and the dangers of equating “thin” to “healthy”
– How she started to appreciate her own body
– Why we will always be stuck in a weight-obsessed mentality (and spend precious amounts of energy and time trying to “fix” our bodies) unless we address internalized fat-phobia
– Why it is so important to surround ourselves with people and images of people of all shapes and sizes to end our inner fat-phobic beliefs
– How we can learn to trust ourselves and our bodies again
– How to heal negative body image, let go of disordered eating, overcome food fears and end weight-obsession
– Why it is important to see the toxic mechanisms behind diet-culture and the diet industry and how this can help us stepping out of old beliefs
– How harmful weight-stigma really is and that it is a lose-lose situation for everybody
– How thin people can use the word “fat” appropriately when talking about bigger bodied humans…

… And so much more!
Check out Kathleen’s body positive page on Facebook, where she promotes self-acceptance through Intuitive Eating and with the Health At Every Size principles. The page is called “Body Peace & Liberation”.
If you are interested in her work or working with her, you’ll find all the infos here:
http://www.bodypeaceliberation.com

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