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#98 - Understanding Weight Stigma Research Part One - with Jeffrey Hunger, PhD

In the first of a short series looking at research and weight stigma, I talk to Dr Jeffery Hunger, a postdoctoral scholar in Health Psychology at UCLA. As a social and health psychologist, Dr. Hunger is interested in using insights from psychology to understand and ultimately improve the health of stigmatized groups (e.g., heavier individuals, racial and sexual minorities). We have a great conversation about how stigma impacts mental and physical health and why stigmatizing weight should...


#97 - Body Kindness Learn & Grow Part 4 - You don’t have a food addiction. You need permission to eat (and eat emotionally)

If you’re new to #BodyKindness our podcast mini-series, Learn and Grow, was made for you. Bernie Salazar and Rebecca Scritchfield reflect on Bernie’s early days saying “bye-bye” to his relationship with The Biggest Loser and diet culture forever! In Part 4, you’ll hear us discuss emotional eating, feeling like you’re addicted to food, and why it’s probably NOT the case. Tune in to this pivotal episode if you’d like to learn how to get a better grasp on emotional eating. --- Get started...


#96 - Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work with Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, PhD

This week I'm speaking at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo here in Washington DC, together with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt. Our session is called The Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health with a Self-Care Approach. So it's the perfect time to revisit Sandra's popular appearance on the podcast. Sandra's TED Talk "Why dieting usually doesn't work" has been viewed over 4 million times. She really didn't want to do a TED Talk, but she was so driven to put a...


#95 - Body Kindness Learn & Grow Part 3 - Reflections on Intuitive Eating from Principles to Practice

In the third episode of our Body Kindness for Beginners podcast series “Learn and Grow” Bernie and I reflect on ways in which the practice of intuitive eating has helped him reject dieting and we discover new growth opportunities going forward. Tune in if you’ve ever felt confused about what the heck intuitive eating is and why it may be exactly what you need in your life. (Hint, the goal is to heal your relationship to food, not lose weight). --- Get started with Body Kindness If...


#94 - Body Kindness Learn & Grow Part 2 - Extreme Exercise is Unnecessary

Are you a “Body Kindness beginner?” This new mini-series will boost your hope and confidence in leaving diets behind. In the second episode Rebecca and Bernie process his unhealthy experience with exercise as a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Tune in to hear an honest conversation about why extreme exercise is unnecessary. If you’re new to Body Kindness and would like help in finding that point where better mind-body health intersect, this is it. --- Get started with Body Kindness If...


#93 - Body Kindness Learn & Grow Part 1 - Ditching 'Diet Brain' for Body Kindness

If you're new to the Body Kindness philosophy, breaking free from diets, and Health at Every Size (HAES) our new podcast series is made for you! Body Kindness Learn & Grow is a podcast series that will boost your hope and confidence in leaving diets behind from exactly where you are today. Think of it like “Body Kindness for beginners.” Today is the first episode in our new series where Bernie and I reflect on our personal growth in the past two years through the lens of our earliest 1/1...


#92 - Talking About Food and Bodies in the Home with Anna Lutz, RDN

In this episode, I’m talking about Body Kindness in the family with a fellow HAES dietitian and mom, Anna Lutz. You’ll hear us chat about topics like how to approach food at home that supports HAES and why it is never a good idea to label foods as good or bad, how to support kids of all sizes, how to talk about yourself and others' bodies with kids, how to talk to children about nutrition at a developmentally appropriate level. Anna is a Nutrition Therapist based in Raleigh, NC and she...


#91 - Raising HAES Body Kindness for families with Kristy Fassio

Three parents with five kids between them (age ranges 2-12) gather to discuss what it’s like to parent with body kindness, endure a child’s body shame at the doctors office, re-educate your child after the school’s health class taught diet tricks, what to say when your kid first says “fat” — as early as age three! And other things you need to know about raising kids with body kindness. About Kristy: Kristy Fassio is a former kindergarten teacher turned fitness professional turned...


#90 - You Have the Right to Remain Fat (and be a fat ally) with Virgie Tovar

This week I’m talking to author and fat activist Virgie Tovar about her new book You Have the Right to Remain Fat. Tune in as Virgie shares her manifesto for standing up to diet culture. Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign...


#89 - Body Kindness in Postpartum Women: Body Image, Postpartum Depression, and Disordered Eating with Lindsay Stenovec, Creator of The Nurtured Mama

Women who are pregnant or postpartum should not be dieting and yet, many women do, thanks to diet culture and weight stigma. In this episode, I chat with Lindsay Stenovec, certified eating disorder dietitian about the pressures women face to “get their pre-baby body back.” We share personal experiences with postpartum depression and weight stigma during pregnancy as well as research that shows 93% of women who engage in disordered eating and dieting behaviors are not screened for eating...


#88 - Why Women Fake Orgasms with Emily Nagoski, PhD author of the bestselling book Come As You Are

Continuing my women’s health series, today we’re talking about sex. My guest is one of my favorite “sexpert” authors Emily Nagoski, sex educator and author of the New York Times bestseller Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life. Among the gems in our conversation today: how our sex-negative culture came to be, intimacy without performance pleasure, and how our sexual well-being is byproduct of our overall well-being. I also share how her...


#87 - Weight and Body Conversations in the Media

Bernie is back and we chat about weight and body conversations in the media, including my latest Washington Post story “What if doctors stopped weighing their patients? Healthcare might improve.” and the amazing Self digital issue on weight. All the stories in the package are worth the read, starting with the letter from the editor who said “the way we talk about weight and health is broken” (yes, it is!). Several of the writers were guests on Body Kindness and if you’re ready to catch...


#86 - Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes with “The Radical Doula” Miriam Zoila Pérez

Continuing my women’s health series, I’m excited that my guest is writer and activist Miriam Zoila Pérez. In 2016, Miriam gave a TED Talk: How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women--and What Can Help, which has been viewed over 850,000 times. In our conversation, we talk about the impact of racism on health. We also talk about toxic stress - what that is, how it builds up, and the impact it can make as early as childhood. Miriam then shares the three core areas where her current research is...


#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 Graue...


#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 them...