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#85 - Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick with feminist author Maya Dusenbery

As part of my women’s health series, I chat to Maya Dusenbery about her new book, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. We spend our conversation talking about the book and all that she discovered about the history of ignoring and/or disbelieving women’s pain and the deep, systemic problems that underlie women’s experiences of feeling dismissed by the medical system. Editor of the award-winning site,...


#84 - Body Image Flexibility: Insights from Self-compassion and Positive Body Image Research with Jennifer Webb, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Webb studies body image in women as part of her research at UNC Charlotte. Webb’s lab is currently investigating body image in pregnant and postpartum women with my book Body Kindness. Get insights from Dr. Webb’s current and recent work on Self-compassion and Body Image Healing in this episode. We’re looking for female Body Kindness readers living in the U.S. who are either pregnant OR who have at least one child 5 years or younger. Visit to...


#83 - Dietland on AMC with Sarai Walker, author of the novel, Dietland

Dietland is a wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire which premieres tonight, Monday 4 June at 9PM on AMC. It's based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 best-selling, critically acclaimed novel of the same name. While we eagerly await Episode 1, I’m delighted to say that Sarai is my guest on the show today! The heroine of the story is Plum Kettle, a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines. Struggling with self-image and fed up with how she’s treated by her...


#82 - Practicing Body Kindness with the Loving-Kindness Meditation

In this solo episode Rebecca shares how mindfulness and mindful eating connect to the practice of Body Kindness. She also reads an excerpt from Body Kindness where she describes why meditation is so important (even when it’s hard). Rebecca closes by guiding you through one round of her favorite — The Loving Kindness meditation. --- Are you an RDN or Therapist embracing intuitive eating & a HAES-informed approach? There's just 3 places left for my June 4-week intensive supervision group...


#81 - Mindful Eating for Well-Being, Not Weight Loss with Lilia Graue and Michelle May

For some mindful eating is that thing they should do and never make time for OR it’s the next thing they hope will “work” to induce weight loss. My guests today Lilia Graue and Michelle May help unveil these myths and more in our conversation. They are both doctors, HAES informed practitioners and mindful eating experts. In this episode we will help those who aren’t yet big fans of mindful eating for well being enhancement (not weight loss) to give it a try. --- About Lilia: Lilia...


#80 - Diversity in Fashion with Straight/Curve Documentary Filmmaker Jenny McQuaile

Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. An exciting new documentary Straight/Curve examines the industries and obstacles responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. Jenny McQuaile, Director/ Producer of the film, is my guest on the podcast...


#79 - Diets Can Kiss My A** with Jes Baker author of Landwhale and Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

In her latest book, a memoir aptly titled Landwhale (you’ll find out why in the show), Jes Baker, covers important topics in the body positivity and fat liberation space that need to be discussed in the mainstream culture and she does it all through beautiful writing from her personal experience with a liberal dose of blunt honesty and humor. Jes and I discuss her evolving relationship with her body and how to deal with HAES “trolls”. Plus we discuss why dieting is the greatest scam of...


#78 - 'My doctor suggested weight loss surgery without even asking about my habits' - Weight stigma in medicine with Bernie Salazar

Bernie is back on the Body Kindness podcast and he brings news from the doctor’s office that makes Rebecca lose it (you’ll notice the bleeps!) Tune in as they discuss the insidious nature of weight stigma in medicine and what to do about it. Bernie and Rebecca also discuss Bernie’s reluctance to fully step into and embrace an identity with the word fat. You may also like to listen to Bernie’s last visit with the doctor that actually went well. What a difference the year makes. Here’s a...


#77 - Diversity in Dietetics - Why cultural competency isn't enough to improve health care with Tamara Melton, RDN, Co-Founder of Diversify Dietetics

Today on Body Kindness we’re talking about the need to increase diversity in the field of dietetics and you’ll learn why it matters (including for anyone who is working on Body Kindness and stepping away from diets and weight-focused counseling). Tamara Melton is a dietitian on a mission. She wants to bring diversity to the field of dietetics so that we can all do a better job at helping the people we serve. Tamara’s announcing a new non-profit, Diversify Dietetics, and sharing how you...


#76 - Writing and Reading About Health and Nutrition with Carrie Dennett

What we read influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. If you’re new to Body Kindness, taking action to pull in stories that will help enhance your anti-diet evolution and pushing away stories that strengthen FOMO and your inner critic can be a form of taking back your power. Even if you don’t see yourself as a writer, if you’re sharing content on social media, you’re educating and you’re standing for something. In this episode I talk to fellow career-changer HAES dietitian and...


#75 - Your Body Is Not an Apology, with Author, Poet, and Activist Sonya Renee Taylor

Are you in need of some radical self-love? This is your Body Kindness episode. Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Sonya’s work as a highly sought-after award-winning Performance Poet, activist, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former...


#74 - It’s Good to be "RAD" Why radical dietetics is a good thing for health enhancement with Dana Sturtevant of Be Nourished

Dana Sturtevant had a wake-up call when she realized her diet and weight-centered nutrition research work wasn’t really helping improve health and well-being. She co-founded Be Nourished, a community outpatient clinic and professional training institute. Recognized as one of America’s top radical dietitians, Dana encourages movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of self-care to address body oppression, heal body shame, and disrupt patterns of chronic dieting and disordered...


#73 - How we can all MEND our relationship with ourselves with Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You

Rosie Molinary and I are thrilled to bring you this BONUS podcast about our new virtual workshop called MEND - radical self-acceptance with Body Kindness. In this episode, you'll hear Rosie and I discuss the intersections of shame, perfectionism, and what it means to radically accept ourselves JUST AS WE ARE. We hope listening to our conversation gives you a taste for our interactive conversational approach we bring to our workshop. In addition to the video content, the workshop includes...


#72 - Weight Watchers, Diet Culture and Our Kids: Four Adults Chat it Out

Happy March and National Nutrition Month! This month the podcast will bring conversations about nutrition and body image. (Speaking of: check out MEND, my course on radical self acceptance with author of Beautiful You, Rosie Molinary) Bernie is back this week and we have two guests on the show! You’ll hear fellow dietitian Whitney Hightower talk about what it was like to be complimented for dieting because it made her body smaller and criticized for gaining weight when she stopped...


#71 - Athletes at Every Size and The Plight of the “Fit Fatty” with Ragen Chastain, Guinness World Record Holder, Speaker, and Fat Activist

Get the inside details of what it takes to certify a Guinness World Record from Ragen Chastain, a speaker, writer, and Certified Health Coach. Ragen is the heaviest person to complete a marathon. She is healthy. She is fit. She is fat. In this podcast Ragen will help inspire you to reframe exercise in your life away from body shame and weight loss goals -- at any size! Tune in to learn some of the unspoken ways we are excluding higher weight people from movement as a society and how we...


#70 - Enough As She Is, Helping Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards with bestselling author Rachel Simmons

Attention anyone who wants to see girls succeed: tune in to this conversation with bestselling author Rachel Simmons. Her latest, “Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives” serves as the backdrop for our chat. Rachel’s research shows girl’s competence does not equal confidence. Girls have never been more anxious and overwhelmed, feeling that no matter how hard they try, they will never be good...


#69 - A Money Health Checkup with Somatic Therapist Bari Tessler Linden

When you think of Body Kindness do you think of money too? I didn’t always make the connection, but I realized that how money moves through your life is an expression of your values and beliefs about yourself. I have also experienced clients who were restrictive with food and money “you don’t deserve…” and clients who spent frivolously to get that “reward” only to experience a downward spiral when the bills came. My guest today, Bari Tessler Linden, is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach...


#68 - The RBG Workout with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Trainer Bryant Johnson

In this fitness-focused episode, my friend Bernie (former Biggest Loser “winner” and chronic dieter) and I get into a heated argument about his former trainer Bob Harper’s recent appearance on Megyn Kelly TODAY about weight shame. I think it’s ridiculous that Bob somehow thinks applying “firm kindness” to higher weight people is actually helpful caregiving. I’m mostly irritated with the segment because it would have been a wonderful opportunity for a Health at Every Size advocate to...


#67 - You Do You: How to Give Fewer F* by Being Yourself with bestselling author Sarah Knight

Ask yourself these two questions: What’s wrong with my life and why? The answers become your goals, says Sarah Knight, the New York Times bestselling author of three self-help books: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, Get Your Shit Together, and most recently, You Do You. In this lively interview, Sarah and I discuss several important “mindset” fixes you will need to do if you really want to create a better life (within your personal means). Sarah says we all need to do some...


#66 - How to Do “Body Positivity” with Megan Crabbe (aka BodyPosiPanda), author of Body Positive Power

Megan Crabbe, author of Body Positive Power joins me. In our conversation, we address how difficult real body positivity work can be -- issues of privilege, intersectionality, diversity, and the idea that barely sitting outside “the norm” of weight and beauty is not enough to create necessary change in our culture. Megan says we must watch out for the “trolls,” give compassion to people still entrenched in diet culture, and keep doing this work because it’s helping people. Follow Megan:...