7 episodes

Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

Maintenance Phase Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 103 Ratings

Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

    Anti-Fat Bias

    Anti-Fat Bias

    To celebrate the release of her new book, Aubrey takes Mike on a tour through the statistics and debates surrounding weight bias. Anyone interested in body positivity, airline seats, 'skinny shaming' or the sugar content of melons is legally obligated...

    • 54 min
    The Twinkie Defense

    The Twinkie Defense

    The Twinkie Defense has become a shorthand for disingenuous legal defense strategies. But was it disingenuous? (Yes, but not in the way you think!)Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!Links!Mike's...

    • 49 min
    Moon Juice

    Moon Juice

    What's that Gwyneth Paltrow's drinking? It's MOON JUICE! This week, we're talking adaptogens, brain dust, hot sex milk and the wellness company that's taken L.A. by storm. Be sure to take your quinton shots before you listen to this one.Thanks to Ashley...

    • 57 min
    Snackwell's Cookies

    Snackwell's Cookies

    They hit the market in 1992. Three years later, they were the best-selling cookie in America. This week, Mike and Aubrey dive into the low-fat craze of the 1990s and sample the snack that became the symbol of its rise and fall.  Links! How the Ideology...

    • 56 min
    Fen Phen & Redux

    Fen Phen & Redux

    Fen-Phen & Redux were "the next miracle drugs" in the '90s, claiming to help people lose dramatic amounts of weight in just three months.  But within a few short years, they'd been pulled from the market.  They were just too effective! (Just...

    • 51 min
    The President's Physical Fitness Test

    The President's Physical Fitness Test

    The shuttle run! The flexed arm hang! The v-sit reach! These terms are seared into the memories of an entire generation of American schoolchildren. But did the President's Physical Fitness Test actually make us fitter?  (Spoiler: lol no)Thanks to Ashley...

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

amfalls04 ,

So so here for this

What an amazing podcast

Sally Stu ,

Super interesting & awesome hosts

I loooove this podcast (and everything Michael Hobbes does)! So much stuff I didn’t know about and was outraged, satisfied or shocked to hear. I realised how little critical analysis and CRITICISM of the ideas around and industries profiting from ‘the Obesity Epidemic’ (ugh). Keep it up and thanks for making this top notchhhh masterpiece!

Lady tau ,

Loving it

I’ve been fascinated, horrified and not surprised at the facts that the hosts are bringing us about diet culture and weight bias.

The hosts should compare the language in human diet advice with animal diet advice. So many similarities, with pet food companies making huge amounts of money on food which make a lot of promises while using ingredients which are ultimately unhealthy for pets, with a good dose of fat shaming.

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