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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.

Unpacking Weight Science Fiona Willer

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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.

    Article reading: 'What's in a word? On weight stigma and terminology'

    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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    • 13 min
    Ep 5 Anatomy of a weight loss paper

    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. 
    Find supporting materials at www.unpackingweightscience.com and subscribe to the Unpacking Weight Science Patreon to access 15 newer episodes immediately: https://www.patreon.com/UnpackingWeightScience 

    • 28 min
    Ep 4: Weight Bias, Stigma and Discrimination

    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.
     
    Use the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast as professional development!
    Subscribe for the most recent episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/UnpackingWeightScience 
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    http://www.lulu.com/shop/fiona-willer/unpacking-weight-science-episodes-1-12-supporting-materials/paperback/product-23784902.html 
    Prefer a self-paced online course? Go to www.unpackingweightscience.com   

    • 30 min
    Ep 3. How we got here: BMI meets death

    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.
     
    Use the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast as professional development!
    Subscribe for the most recent episodes at: https://www.patreon.com/UnpackingWeightScience 
    Buy the study guide (further reading, supporting materials and self-test quizzes): http://www.lulu.com/shop/fiona-willer/unpacking-weight-science-episodes-1-12-supporting-materials/paperback/product-23784902.html 
    Prefer a self-paced online course? Go to www.unpackingweightscience.com   

    • 29 min
    Ep 2: Demystifying Assumptions, De-myth-defying Assumptions

    Ep 2: Demystifying Assumptions, De-myth-defying Assumptions

    This episode discusses the two main myths that perpetuate weight loss encouragement as well as the terms, weight centric, weight neutral, lifestyle intervention and concern troll.
    Learning Outcomes 
    • Recognise the key false assumptions that enable the perpetuation of weight-centric attitudes
    • Recognise the various common terms used in the size acceptance community, including ‘weight neutral’, ‘weight centric’, lifestyle intervention and weight neutral interventions and finally ‘concern troll’ 
    The supporting materials for this episode including show notes, further reading and the quiz can be found in 2018 Bundle 1 (episodes 1-12) which you can get for $25 USD ($35AUD) in paperpack from Lulu.com or as a PDF by emailing me: fiona@healthnotdiets.com.
    Enjoy!

    • 21 min
    Ep 1: Stuck in a Weight-Centric Operating System - by Unpacking Weight Science

    Ep 1: Stuck in a Weight-Centric Operating System - by Unpacking Weight Science

    Why is it that everyone seems to be pushing a weight-centric agenda? Weight centrism is a cultural norm, medical behemoth, and capitalist bonanza. This podcast delves into the forces that bind us externally and internally, to weight centrism.
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    • 20 min

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