Apr 28, 2015
New York Times science writer, author, and lecturer Harriet Brown is our guest today in Episode 953 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”
Ask anyone what it takes to get healthy and very likely their first thought is to lose weight. It seems our culture over the past few decades has begun equating and quantifying health gain almost exclusively through the prism of weight loss. This movement didn't sit too well for a science writer for The New York Times named Harriet Brown who regularly speaks on topics such as body image, food obsession, and eating disorders. In her research into these topics, she identified where these ideas came from that made having extra body fat the last acceptable form of societal discrimination there is and what can be done to change this mindset hellbent on making weight and health interchangeable. She's put all of that into a compelling new 2015 book entitled Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It.
Listen in as Jimmy and Harriet discuss why "fat" has become a four-letter word in our culture, why there is such an obsession about weight where people become desperate to lose it, the people who benefit the most from keeping us fat and telling us we're unhealthy, the four big lies we've been told about weight and health, the role Big Pharma is playing in creating confusion about this issue, the impact these behind-the-scenes shenanigans are having on virtually everyone everyday, why all the fad diets that are being offered as the answer may not be what people want or need, the damage we are causing our bodies by the constant weight fluctuations up and down, the bright side of shifting away from being weight-focused to health-focused, and a whole lot more. If you or someone you love is struggling with thinking their self-worth is found in that number on the scale, this you won't want to miss what Harriet Brown shares in this compelling and controversial interview today!
LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 953
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- Harriet Brown bio
- Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--and What We Can Do about It
- Harriet on Twitter