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Food Psych #60: The Body Positivity Journey - LIVE Episode with Katie Dalebout, CeCe Olisa, Kelsey Miller, Caroline Dooner, and Amie Roe

Left to right: CeCe Olisa, Christy Harrison, Katie Dalebout, Caroline Dooner, Kelsey Miller, and Amie Roe

Left to right: CeCe Olisa, Christy Harrison, Katie Dalebout, Caroline Dooner, Kelsey Miller, and Amie Roe

I'm so excited to share this episode! It's the live one that I recently co-hosted in NYC with Katie Dalebout, host of The Wellness Wonderland Radio and author of Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling.

We talked with not one, not two, but FOUR amazing guests about body positivity, eating disorder recovery, and lots more: Kelsey Miller (Refinery29 staff writer, author of Big Girl, and a previous Food Psych guest); Caroline Dooner (comedian, body image coach, and also a previous podcast guest); CeCe Olisa (writer and founder of the body-positive lifestyle blog Plus Size Princess); and Amie Roe (psychotherapist tand improv comedian at the Magnet Theater).

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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 HarrietBrown.com.

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Food Psych #45: Fat Acceptance & Body Positivity with Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar Fat Acceptance Lose Hate Not Weight

Activist and author Virgie Tovar joins us to discuss why she gave up the battle to lose weight and started focusing on loving her body exactly as it is. We talk about fat acceptance, body positivity, Instagramming your food, and lots more!

Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is a plus size style writer for BuzzFeed and the creator of #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide. Find her online at VirgieTovar.com and on Twitter @virgietovar.

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Food Psych #43: Feminism and Eating Disorder Recovery with Melissa A. Fabello

Melissa Fabello Feminism Eating Disorder Recovery

Christy talks with the fabulous Melissa A. Fabello, a body acceptance and eating disorder activist and the managing editor of Everyday Feminism. Melissa shares what led her to develop an eating disorder in her early 20s, and why feminism played an important role in her recovery. 

Melissa A. Fabello is a body acceptance and eating disorder activist, scholar in the field of sexology, and Jurassic Park enthusiast based in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Melissa works as a Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, the largest independent feminist media website in the world, and is a doctoral candidate in Widener University’s Human Sexuality Studies program, where her research interest is in how the onset of an eating disorder affects psychosexual development. You can contact her through her website and follow her on TwitterTumblr, and Facebook.

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Food Psych #42: Health at Every Size with Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon Health at Every Size Body Respect

Season 3 premiere! Christy talks with Linda Bacon, a leading researcher in the field of weight science and the author of the groundbreaking book Health at Every Size. Linda shares her personal struggles with weight and dieting, how she overcame them and developed a healthy relationship to food and her body, and how you can get off the diet roller-coaster too. 

“The majority of women [are] struggling around dieting.” — Linda Bacon, PhD. [Click to tweet]

Linda Bacon, PhD, is a scientist whose three graduate degrees, research, and clinical expertise uniquely prepare her to understand and translate the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings of weight control. She is currently a Health Professor at City College of San Francisco and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. An internationally recognized authority on weight and health, Dr. Bacon has published her work in top scientific journals as well as the highly acclaimed bestseller, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Her recently released book, Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight, is a crash course in what you need to know about bodies and health. Find her online at LindaBacon.org.

“When we feel better about ourselves, we take better care of ourselves.” [Click to tweet]

We discuss:

  • Linda’s relationship to food in childhood, including her firsthand experiences of pursuing weight loss to gain social acceptance

  • How diets and exercise regimens generally stop yielding weight-loss results after a certain amount of time

  • All the ways in which our bodies fight weight loss

  • Why we should stop forcing our bodies to fit a sociological ideal that is not biologically maintainable or healthy

  • How to encourage people with an eating disorder history to throw away the diet mentality and embrace a more intuitive eating style

  • What people hope to get out of dieting, such as love and acceptance, and how to figure out what you’re really looking for

  • Why social determinants of health, such as economic status and agency in one’s life, are much greater indicators for illnesses that are often associated with being overweight

  • How self-compassion and self-love, rather than body size, could be the best indicator of good health

  • How best to implement Health at Every Size into our everyday nutrition and exercise regimens

“People can be fit and fat.” [Click to tweet]

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