Mainstream weight science is built upon a plethora of assumptions. We now know that many of these assumptions about human body weight and health are flawed. I'll help you learn how to interpret weight-centric research for yourself, bust myths about body weight and health, and I'll present to you weight neutral research and discuss relevant content (including Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and The Non-Diet Approach). To claim it as professional development see www.UnpackingWeightScience.com.
Ep 7 Weight-Neutral, Health-Enhancing Habits
Those benefits promised by those who recommend weight loss? *whispers* they're not actually because of the weight loss..... This episode of Unpacking Weight Science looks at the behaviours associated with longevity, delay and avoidance of disease, as well as behaviours which enhance health outcomes at any weight and health status. Key research papers are discussed as well as strategies for how to use them in your work.
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Ep 6: The Science of Self Compassion
In this podcast I take you through the research and academic operationalisation of self compassion, some of its associations and effects on individuals and their self care as well as on health practitioners with compassion fatigue and burnout. I talk about how to weave language that models a self compassionate attitude into your counselling and encounters with others and yourself. The supplementary materials contain exercises shown in experimental studies to induce self compassion. See www.unpackingweightscience.com for details.
Article reading: 'What's in a word? On weight stigma and terminology'
This article is a really important discussion of the issues around how we refer to different body types. Because not everyone has the time, opportunity or ability to sit and read journal articles, I've done an audio recording for you. Enjoy :-)
The article details are:
Meadows, Angela, and Sigrún Daníelsdóttir. "What's in a word? On weight stigma and terminology." Frontiers in psychology 7 (2016): 1527.
Available open access here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01527/full
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Ep 5 Anatomy of a weight loss paper
A research paper is a piece of persuasive writing. This episode breaks down how all the pieces fit together, the expected rhetoric of weight loss research, common research methods that guarantee statistical significance at the cost of clinical practicalities, how to spot hyperbole, and how the way we usually read research papers leaves us at the mercy of the authors biases.
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Ep 4: Weight Bias, Stigma and Discrimination
This episode is an introduction and defines the terms, discusses their impact on healthcare, society and the lives of the people who are impacted by weight-centrism.
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Ep 3. How we got here: BMI meets death
A history of the development of the BMI (including how 'obesity' ended up on child growth charts), how we discovered there was a relationship with weight and death, and how a few powerful men gifted us the weight-centrism we have today.
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