Fancy being wrong about something? That's a rhetorical question, of course, you don't... no one does. The thing is, once the initial discomfort has passed, it's truly the best way way to grow as a human being.
Welcome to Willing To Be Wrong, a podcast with the intention of doing just that. My name is Dr Joshua Wolrich and I'm an NHS surgical doctor, nutrition MSc student, author and accidental influencer. Like all healthcare professionals, I was taught by a system that practises medicine in a weight-normative manner, where a focus on body weight is used to try and define health and wellbeing. After internalising the weight stigma I'd been subject to for years, I left medical school believing that I couldn't be a good doctor if I were fat, prompting further disordered eating and a damaged relationship with food.
After a difficult couple of years of being challenged on my beliefs by people far cleverer than me, I now believe that healthcare has to become weight-inclusive if we're ever going to change the massive problem of weight stigma and the both direct and indirect harm it does to patients. Join me as I talk to guests about a wide range of topics from the complex nature of weight and health (and why neither should be treated as a personal responsibility), to nutribollocks such as 'celery juice detoxifies your liver' and why it's utter b******t. The guests aren't all experts (as that wouldn't be fun) and the questions are rarely pre-prepared, but true conversations tend not to be.
My debut book, Food Isn't Medicine: Challenge Nutribollocks & Escape The Diet Trap, is now available for pre-order online on Amazon, Book Depository, and elsewhere. For more information, you can find me on social media @drjoshuawolrich.
#9: Anna Sweeney - Navigating Diet Culture as a Dietitian Living with Multiple Sclerosis
In this episode, Anna Sweeney (@dietitiananna) talks about the impact of the 'food is medicine' rhetoric and diet culture whilst being a full-time disabled person living with MS.
#8: Zoe Pearce - Living with Lipoedema
In this episode, Zoe Pearce (@thickthighs.positivevibes) talks about living with Lipoedema in a world where it's often treated like a fake condition.
#7: Sarah Nicole Landry - #PassTheMic, Privilege, Detoxes and Cupcakes
In this episode, Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya) talks about why it's so crucial to pass the mic to content creators with less privilege than ourselves.
#6: Stephanie Yeboah - Body Positivity, the Medicalisation of Size and COVID Mortality
In this episode, Steph explains why the body positivity movement no longer represents those it was created for, and then we talk about why the medicalisation of body size has such potential for harm.
#5: Teddy Okechukwu - Are Medical Students Taught about Weight Stigma?
The fact that many medical students are still not being taught about weight stigma or the social determinants of health is a MASSIVE problem. A MASSIVE ONE. There really is no excuse for it.
#4: Pixie Turner - Emotional Eating, Wellness Wankery and Coffee Enemas
Emotional eating is completely normal. In this episode, Pixie Turner, a registered nutritionist and trainee psychotherapist, explains what it is and why it's not the problem we've been taught to treat it as.
So glad this podcast exists! 💖
It is so validating to hear an actual doctor provide a platform for people to share their experiences in healthcare.
It is such a vulnerable and isolating situation to be unwell, especially when seeking the guidance of a qualified professional; only to be shamed and have genuine concerns brushed off. Or worse, be recommended starting disordered eating habits as medical advice.
It has been healing to know that I’m not alone in my experiences, and as a student nurse it’s helping me learn to be a better advocate for my patients.
Thank you Dr. Wolrich!