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LU 066: Dr. Deb Burgard – The obsession with thinness is keeping us trapped in a senseless loop.


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In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I bring to you the absolutely amazing Dr. Deb Burgard, a FAED (Fellow for the Academy of Eating Disorders) from the San Francisco Bay Area. I had the great pleasure to talk to her a few months ago. Deb is a psychologist and activist specializing in concerns about body image, eating, weight stigma, and relationships. She is also one of the founders of the “Health at Every Size” model, as well as the very original Body Positive website “bodypositive.com”, and the “Show Me the Data” listserv, building communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment. Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance. Deb has a PhD in psychology, and has been licensed psychologist ever since 1993. In the early nineties, she was the director of Clinical Services as Woodside Women’s Hospital, and after the mid-nineties, after having started working in private practice, she was also the supervising psychologist at the Santa Clara University Counseling Center. Since 1997, she has been working exclusively in private practice where she helps clients with eating disorders, weight and body preoccupation, sexuality, depression and relationship concerns. I’m very happy to say that, in the time since we spoke, Deb has been rewarded with the “Frances. J. Bonner” award for her outstanding work in the field.
Today, Deb talks about:
– Why she never lost touch to that part of her that felt joyful and carefree about her body
– What she remembers about her mother’s relationship to food and diets
– Why she started questioning our culture’s “assignment to become thin” fairly early on
– Why most people almost automatically take on the “body project” and assume it’s their “duty” to invest all they can into it
– What made her realize that she didn’t have to do this anymore
– Why most therapists never address the body and food issues of a client
– What the “cult of thinness” promises and never delivers
– Why we tend to blame bad things that happen to us on our looks/bodies/weight
– What the medical model fails to acknowledge when it comes to health
– What constitutes the most important factor in a person’s health
– Why stigma and oppression are detrimental to a person’s health
– Why she believes this continuous assignment “to be thinner” amounts to a misspent, lost life
– What made her observe that “we prescribe to fat people what we recognize as disordered eating in thin people”
– What working with eating disorders has taught her in relation to how this society’s views on weight/weight-loss might be, indeed, backwards
– How she approached data and studies related to weight-science
– Why she calls dieting “weight-cycling”
– Why she calls eating disorders “disorders of the pursuit of weight-loss”
– Why eating disorders often get mis-classified, or missed altogether, when weight is used as the main criteria for the diagnosis
– How people who are eating highly restrictively (and suffering severely), are almost always either complimented for their “efforts”, or their malnourishment is missed, because people tend to not believe them when they say how little they actually eat
– What the Minnesota Semi-Starvation experiment proved about the effects of caloric deficit (through dieting, restricting or overexercising) on people’s physical AND mental health
– How she explains the logic of size diversity
– Why people recover from disordered eating and eating disorders much faster and much more completely with a weight-neutral approach
– Why communities where people can support each other in resisting this culture’s fixation on weight together is so important in recovery
– How we can work on our resiliency to stay strong in a world that promotes disordered eating
– The cost of conformity versus the opportunity to live your truth
– Some of the history of the weight-loss industry and why/how it has come back with a vengeance after having being exposed as a failing concept in the nineties
– Why most weight-loss studies only hold up because they only track people’s weight-loss for less than 2-5 years, so “it looks like they have been successful”
– Why she is optimistic that this weight-inclusive paradigm will eventually persist over the old weight-normative approach
– Why the faster people stop cooperating with and participating in our society’s imperative on “weight-loss at all costs”, the faster the paradigm will change
– Why it takes each and every one of us speaking up about our experience with weight-suppression to make a harmful system change
– Why recovery is an “authenticity task”, leaving behind the “conformity task”…

… And so much more!

Find out more about Deb (including her email address) here: https://sizediversityandhealth.org/haes-expert.asp?id=56

Here’s the link to the “Health at Every Size Blog” of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH):
https://healthateverysizeblog.org/

Here’s the link to the original, award-winning body image website “Body Positive”:
http://www.bodypositive.com

Here’s the link to “Adios Barbie”:
http://www.adiosbarbie.com/#results

Here’s the link to “The Body Is Not An Apology”:
https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/

Here’s the link to “Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders”:
http://www.transfolxfightingeds.org/

Here’s the link to the (fantastic!) “Poodle Science” video of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH):
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=poodle+science&spfreload=1

Here’s an interesting article about the “Minnesota Starvation Experiment”:
http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment

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LU 045: Carolyn Costin – What recovery means & why undiagnosed eating issues can be the worst.



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Hey there, lovely radicals… podcast ahead!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I am talking to Carolyn Costin from Malibu, California.

Carolyn is a world-renowned clinician, author and speaker acclaimed for her expertise, passion and accomplishments in the field of eating disorders. She is a certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After having recovered from anorexia in her early 20s, Carolyn became a psychotherapist, and it was her successful treatment of those with eating disorders that led her to bring her philosophy to the public through her speaking and her books. In 1996, Carolyn created “Monte Nido”, the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment facility in a home setting that has since spurred into 14 facilities nationwide offering a continuum of care. Carolyn’s career is dedicated to lecturing, training, teaching and supervising clinicians, dietitians and physicians. Having left “Monde Nido” last year, she remains active in the eating disorder field and she is involved in several professional organizations including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as a board trustee and the Academy of Eating Disorders as a fellow. Her advocacy work continues in many arenas including organizations such as Project Heal, Eating Disorder Hope and the Eating Disorder Coalition. At the start of this year, 2017, Carolyn has opened “The Carolyn Costin Institute”, which offers Eating Disorder Coach Training, a mentor program, continuing education for clinicians as well as other specialized training. Carolyn talks about:
– How long the carefree, joyful feeling of “being in a body” as a child lasted for her
– How our habits of comparison and our ideas of “status” are detrimental to body image
– What the “Fiji-study” is all about, and what TV/advertisement can do to women
– What body-bullying does to kids
– What triggered her eating disorder
– Why she doesn’t support the idea that eating issues are “a genetic thing”
– How people with anxiety can calm their anxious thoughts
– Why it is so important to become aware of the fact that we are NOT our thoughts, but we can observe them, and let them pass without grabbing on to their message
– Why spiritual bypassing is not solving anything, yet so many people try to do just that; avoid difficult emotions by trying to meditate them away instead of facing them in a calm state
– What there is still to be fixed in our cultural way of relating to weight and bodies
– Why eating disorder treatments that still have a weight-centric approach often backfire and make a full, lasting recovery impossible
– Why it is so important for all of us to just detach from the number on the scale
– Why it is critically important that everyone working with people with disordered eating resolve their own body- and weight issues first
– How she trains therapists and coaches to become good eating disorder therapists
– What it actually is that makes a good eating disorder therapist/coach/mentor/dietitian
– How she defines „recovery“
– Why people with undiagnosed eating issues can often be the ones that are the sickest
– The danger of today’s obsession with “clean” eating, detoxes, the idea of having to earn or burn food, and all the food advice out there
– Why she thinks people still go on diets even if it is a well-established facts that diets don’t work
– The horrible consequences of fat-shaming people
– How the weight-loss industry (together with the advertisement “geniuses”) manage to suck so many people in, again and again
– The risk factors of developing an eating disorder
– Why eating disorders still often don’t get addressed at schools, even though the numbers are rampant
– Why she made it her mission to train recovered people to become eating disorder coaches
– Why a feeling of secure attachment is critical to overcome any issues we might have developed to protect ourselves or to cope with difficult feelings…

… And so much more!

If you are interested in Carolyn Costin’s work, check out her website:
http://www.carolyn-costin.com

Here’s the link to Carolyn’s books:
https://www.amazon.com/Carolyn-Costin/e/B001HCYYJ8

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LU 032: Diane Summers – There is hope for healing and achieving a life free from body issues.



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Lovely radicals! Welcome back.

This week on the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, it’s my pleasure to bring to you a fellow size-acceptance fighter: Diane Summers from Everett, Washington.

Diane is a nationally registered and state certified dietitian with extensive experience treating eating disorders at all levels of care. Diane has been involved in the awareness, prevention and treatment of eating disorders for more than 10 years, and has treated hundreds and hundreds of people of all ages and across the entire spectrum of eating disorders and eating issues. She is recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian through the international Association of Eating Disorder Professionals for her expertise in treating eating disorders and training other professionals in the treatment of eating disorders. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Diane has presented at local and national conferences, schools, universities, clinics, and church groups.
Today, you’ll hear Diane talk about:
– How her parents feed her as a child and why she is extremely grateful for that
– What her emotional difficulties looked like as an “army kid”
– The ways in which her body image suffered in her adolescence
– Why she felt like “the odd one out” as a nutritionist
– What it was that made her question the diet-y ideas she got taught in nutrition school
– The reason why she got interested in working with eating disorders
– Why eating disorder treatments so often fail
– Why we are often unaware of our internal “size-ism” and how to bring that into awareness
– What it would take to make treatment success stories improve tremendously
– What she teaches her clients about weight-discrimination
– How we can smartly respond to body-shaming/food-shaming comments
– Why we should all abstain from making ANY comments on bodies, whether good or bad
– Why not just “the very thin”, but also a person in a bigger body might show signs of anorexia
– How a session with her could look like
– What it is that is way more telling if someone has disordered eating or an eating disorder than the actual weight
– What makes the diet-mentality so hard to break free from
– What people with disordered eating and eating disorders have in common
– Why the role of parents is crucially important in the development of a child’s body image
– How it is never really about food or weight, once the layers of the struggles are being worked through
– Why what the media presents us in terms of post-menopausal women is a legitimate set-up for body-wars
– Why weight-gain after menopause is the best life-protection for you…

… And so much more!

Check out Diane’s website:
http://www.hopenutritiontherapy.com

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