17 episodes

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

Maintenance Phase Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes

    • Health & Fitness
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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

    The Wellness to QAnon Pipeline

    The Wellness to QAnon Pipeline

    Special guest Mike Rothschild tells us how the road to wellness can be an on-ramp to a conspiracy theory. Along the way we debunk oil pulling, explore Instagram aesthetics and bemoan anti-vaxx argumentation tactics . Mike gets the date of the January 6th insurrection wrong and he is sorry.

    Mike Rothschild is on Twitter and you can pre-order his book here!

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    Diet Book Deep Dive: Ed McMahon’s “Slimming Down”

    Diet Book Deep Dive: Ed McMahon’s “Slimming Down”

    This week is our first  Diet Book Deep Dive, where we dig into some of the worst and wildest weight loss advice we can find.  First up: Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon's pun, alcohol and misogyny-fueled diet plan from the 1970s. Hope you like broiled steak and Sanka!
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    Ed McMahon & Britney Spears on Star SearchEd McMahon for American Family SweepstakesSupport us:
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    Olestra

    Olestra

     In 1996, Proctor & Gamble launched an artificial fat substitute that promised all of the taste but none of the calories. There was just one problem. 

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    Marion Nestle’s The Selling of OlestraJeffrey Steingarten's The Man Who Ate EverythingThe 1996 Federal RegisterThe Trouble With FriesReduction of the body burden of PCBs and DDE by dietary intervention in a randomized trialReview of the effects of dilution of dietary energy with olestra on energy intakeAuthors’ Financial Relationships With the Food and Beverage Industry and Their Published Positions on the Fat Substitute OlestraPostmarketing Surveillance of New Food Ingredients: Results from the Program with the Fat Replacer OlestraEffects of wheat bran and olestra on objective measures of stool and subjective reports of GI symptomsThe effect of ingesting olestra-based foods on feeding behavior and energy balance in humansEffect on Body Weight of Replacing Dietary Fat with Olestra for Two or Ten Weeks in Healthy Men and Women 
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    Eating Disorders

    Eating Disorders

    Fat people have them too! This week, special guest Erin Harrop tells us about one of America's most under-diagnosed and misunderstood problems. Along the way we talk about elbow bumps, Twitter etiquette and '90s sweatpants. Our content warnings are becoming increasingly threatening.

    Here's Erin's faculty page and a bunch of her research!

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    Weight Watchers

    Weight Watchers

    Get your flex point calculators and food scales! This week, Mike and Aubrey are talking about one of America's most iconic diet programs: Weight Watchers. Along the way, we encounter The Rock, the mating habits of straight people and a new James Bond villain. 

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    Jean Nidetch, a Founder of Weight Watchers, Dies at 91 Mass Firing on Zoom Is Latest Sign of Weight Watchers Unrest Weight Watcher's Kurbo app slammed for targeting kids. Makers defend it What's gone wrong at Weight Watchers? Weight Watchers Is Offering Teens Free Memberships and People Aren't Happy Americans’ new way of losing weight has left Weight Watchers behind How the Oprah effect helped Weight Watchers regain Americans' trust Deal Master Debbane The Population Cost‐Effectiveness of Weight Watchers with General Practitioner Referral Compared with Standard Care Weight Watchers on prescription: An observational study of weight change among adults referred to Weight Watchers by the NHS The Problem With 'Fat Talk' 'Fat Talk' Compels but Carries a Cost Thanks to Ashley Smith for editing assistance and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!
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    The Master Cleanse

    The Master Cleanse

    Are your moods too stable? Is your face free of cold sores? Get your lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper ready, because this week we're talking about celebrity favorite THE MASTER CLEANSE!Along the way we roast New Atheism, praise Gwyneth...

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Oracle of Selfie ,

So much to enjoy

Let’s look past the charm and the wit of M&A, let’s look past the incredible detail of research and incredible analysis... the thing I am here for is listening to Aubrey’s amazing voice... goddamn it I wanna hear her sing Proud Mary or something.

missejb ,

Excellent!

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!! Aubrey is a star and Michael is fantastic! Keep up the great work guys!

Mia_B# ,

Fantastic pod.

I came across this podcast through “You’re wrong about”....And I totally love it!

It’s Informative, interesting and very funny with 2 brilliant hosts. Michael and Aubrey are brilliant and are responsible for many odd looks being shot my way when I burst out laughing in alarming regularity.

Thank you so much for such a brilliant pod.
Big big love. ❤️

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