Fellow anti-diet dietitian Aaron Flores returns to discuss unrealistic expectations placed on men and their bodies, why we need to “smash the weightriarchy,” the relationship between gym culture and diet culture, how pornography influences the way men learn about masculinity, tips for bringing your male loved ones into your process of diet-culture recovery, why providers need support to heal their own eating issues, and so much more. Plus, Christy answers a listener question about whether joining fitness competitions can ever be helpful in eating-disorder recovery.
Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA. He is a Certified Body Trust® provider, and his main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®. In his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. His work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and National Eating Disorder Association. Aaron is a frequent speaker and has presented at the 2016 and 2017 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference, the 2018 and 2019 International Conference on Eating Disorders, the 2018 Association for Size Diversity and Health Conference, and the closing Keynote at the 2019 Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged. Find him online at smashtheweightriarchy.com
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How the Body Trust Certification program gave Aaron a sense of community with like-minded providers and supports his clinical practice with a social-justice lens
The disconnect between the eating-disorder community and social-justice issues
Why eating-disorder treatment needs to address systemic issues
Why providers need support to heal from their own issues, and how Aaron is helping provide that support to others
The contradiction of expecting eating-disorder specialists never to have their own struggles with food and body image
The difference between choosing to identify as “recovered” versus “in recovery”
How and why Aaron worked to help create a binge-eating-disorder program at Center for Discovery
How Aaron brings Body Trust® into his practice with men
Aaron’s theory on why most of the men he’s worked with happen to be cis men in larger bodies
The unique ways in which men experience fatphobia
How pornopgraphy influences the way men learn about masculinity
Unrealistic expectations placed on men and their bodies
Aaron’s tips for bringing your male loved ones into your process of diet-culture recovery
How diet culture targets men
The relationship between gym culture and diet culture
How diet-culture marketing uses science to manipulate people
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Aaron’s Men’s Body Trust Group
Laura Dodsworth’s Manhood: the Bare Reality
Kristin Neff’s work (CW: Some fatphobic language)
Brené Brown’s work (CW: Some fatphobic language)
Dietitians Unplugged podcast
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Listener Question of the Week
How should you handle diet culture on pro-recovery social media accounts? Are these dieters doing it right? Are they still a part of diet culture? How can I tell if an account is truly pro-recovery and not promoting diet culture? Are the people that run these accounts as happy as they seem, or is there more than meets the eye? Is it possible to have a positive relationship with the fitness world and competition? How do you challenge your ideas about beauty when you see these accounts?
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