Food Psych #46: Conquering Body Shame and Weight Obsession with Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown Body of Truth

Author Harriet Brown discusses how she overcame her longtime struggles with body shame, how her daughter's anorexia changed her relationship to food, why she became a vocal proponent of the Health At Every Size movement, and lots more. 

Harriet Brown is a professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has nearly 30 years of experience as a writer and editor. She's worked at magazines including Redbook and New York Woman, and writes for many national publications including The New York Times MagazineO MagazineVoguePsychology TodayPrevention, and Parenting

Her most recent book, Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It, has been hailed as "a must-read for anyone ready to start shaking this fat = bad, thin = good obsession" (Bustle). Her previous book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, won a "Books for a Better Life" award in 2011. Brown also edited the anthology Feed Me!: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image. Find her online at

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