63 episodes

Weekly conversations about how we dismantle diet culture and fatphobia, especially through parenting, health and fashion. (But non-parents like it too!) Hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith, journalist and author of THE EATING INSTINCT.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 116 Ratings

Weekly conversations about how we dismantle diet culture and fatphobia, especially through parenting, health and fashion. (But non-parents like it too!) Hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith, journalist and author of THE EATING INSTINCT.

virginiasolesmith.substack.com

    Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

    Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

    Today Virginia is chatting with Jeff Hunger who is an assistant professor of social psychology at Miami University in Ohio, who studies weight stigma. Our focus of this episode is Jeff’s work on anti-fat bias, understanding how we internalize it, the difference between implicit and explicit bias, and how we start to separate out concepts like body image struggles from the larger conversation of anti-fat bias. We cover a lot of important ground. Including Taylor Swift.
    If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber. It's just $5 per month or $50 for the year. Producing a weekly podcast requires a significant investment of time and resources from several talented people. Paid subscriptions make all of our work possible and enable us to offer an honorarium to expert guests, which is key to centering marginalized voices in this space.
    And don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
    Jeff on Instagram and Twitter
    Virginia's previous reporting on weight stigma in healthcare
    Virginia can't be a cool foodie because she has to feed small children
    A recent review on how we reduce weight bias
    A good introduction to ACT, and here’s an example of research on its utility in reducing weight stigma (ironic warning for weight-normative language there!)
    Weight bias is still going up. 
    Study on fat-shaming celebrities and implicit bias
    The very heated debate about Taylor Swift
    When Lizzo used an ableist term (and fixed it!)
    Stan Culture
    Who gets to call themselves fat?
    Denied rights to our own bodies.
    When a kid comes home and reports that someone called them fat 
    Mary Himmelstein's research on weight-based bullyig
    Why Dan should build Virginia a hidden kitchen
    No really, hidden kitchens
    The appliance garage concept
    It’s just gotten bigger and bigger and more absurd.
    Elsie Larson's hidden library
    Want to come on Virginia's Office Hours? Please use this form.
     Fill out this form to help us plan for the Fat Talk book tour and launch. Thank you!
    CREDITS
    The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com/subscribe

    • 39 min
    “The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

    “The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

    This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com

    Today Virginia is chatting with Emiko Davies, an award winning Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer, and cookbook author based in Italy. Her most recent book is Cinnamon & Salt, and she also shares her recipes on her Instagram and in her Substack newsletter,Emiko’s Newsletter.
    If you are already a paid subscriber, you’ll have this entire episode in your podcast feed and access to the entire transcript in your inbox and on the Burnt Toast Substack.
    If you are not a paid subscriber, you'll only get the first chunk. To hear the whole conversation or read the whole transcript, you'll need to go paid. It's just $5 a month or $50 for the year—and you get the first week free!
    Also, don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
     Julia Turshen on anti-fatness in the food industry
    Luna drinking a bowl of minestrone
    Emiko's tiramisu recipe
    Virginia's New York Times Magazine article about her daughter's feeding differences (also her first book)
    Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor
    the challenges of plus sized kids clothing
     family meal planning
    dumpling soup
    Want to come on Virginia's Office Hours? Please use this form.
    CREDITS
    The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.

    • 12 min
    We Can Trust Neurodivergent Children About Their Bodies.

    We Can Trust Neurodivergent Children About Their Bodies.

    Today Virginia is chatting with Naureen Hunani, the founder of RDs for Neurodiversity, a neurodiversity-informed online continuing education platform for dietitians and helping professionals. Naureen also has her own private practice in Montreal, where she treats children, adults, and families struggling with various feeding and eating challenges through a trauma-informed, weight-inclusive, and anti-oppressive approach. 


    If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber. It's just $5 per month or $50 for the year. Producing a weekly podcast requires a significant investment of time and resources from several talented people. Paid subscriptions make all of our work possible and enable us to offer an honorarium to expert guests, which is key to centering marginalized voices in this space.
    And don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
    RDs for Neurodiversity
    On the Division of Responsibility and diet culture
    Melinda Wenner Moyer on core strength and sitting at the dinner table
    For little ones, Yummy Toddler Food has roundups of good baby and toddler highchairs, booster seats, and toddler tables.
    For older kiddos, we're hearing good things about this chair and these wobble stools
    what is misophonia
    Against Impulsivity
    The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang 
    Want to come on Virginia's Office Hours? Please use this form.
    CREDITS
    The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com/subscribe

    • 44 min
    Where Are All the Plus Size Kids' Clothes?

    Where Are All the Plus Size Kids' Clothes?

    Today Virginia is chatting with with Pam Luk, founder of Ember & Ace, a new line of plus size athletic clothing for kids. We get in what's wrong with the kids' clothing industry, and Pam has so many tips and hacks to making finding clothes for kids in bigger bodies more doable. 

    If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber. It's just $5 per month or $50 for the year. Producing a weekly podcast requires a significant investment of time and resources from several talented people. Paid subscriptions make all of our work possible and enable us to offer an honorarium to expert guests, which is key to centering marginalized voices in this space.
    And don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
    Ember & Ace
    Jeans Science.
    Virginia reporting on the weight/child custody case for Slate
    Julia Turshen
    what is a 10/12 plus
    why I just always buy two sizes of everything
    Target boots (yes, mostly sold out)
    Want to come on Virginia's Office Hours? Please use this form.
    CREDITS
    The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com/subscribe

    • 40 min
    It's OK to Want More for Your Daughter than Sexy Donut Waitress

    It's OK to Want More for Your Daughter than Sexy Donut Waitress

    This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com

    It's our October bonus episode! And since it's spooky season, and maybe nothing is more terrifying than retro gender norms, Virginia is revisiting an old essay about Halloween in Girl World. 
    If you are already a paid subscriber, you’ll have this entire episode in your podcast feed and access to the entire transcript in your inbox and on the Burnt Toast Substack.
    If you are not a paid subscriber, you'll only get the first chunk. To hear the whole conversation or read the whole transcript, you'll need to go paid. It's just $5 a month or $50 for the year—and you get the first week free!
    Also, don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
    The original Halloween in Girl World
    If you’re in the Bay Area, check out this amazing abortion film, which is screening at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival on Saturday! (Here’s Virginia's conversation with Mary about the film and body autonomy activism.) 
    Election Day is looming. Remember any dollar you give to the Burnt Toast Giving Circle now goes towards The States Project’s Rapid Response Fund, to support quick-response work like last-minute electoral opportunities, ballot curing, helping with recounts, and more, in every state where we have a chance to gain (or protect) a blue majority. 
    That police officer costume.
    The doe costume was not homemade.
    babies dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Rosie the Riveter
    a ready-made RBG costume on Etsy
    Mighty Girl's excellent curated round-up of girl-empowering costumes
    Corinne and Virginia hate Halloween
    a piece Virginia wrote about Barbie 
    Everything Everywhere All At Once
    an interview with Michelle Yeoh 
    Halloween costume idea for white ladies: Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie plus hot dog fingers

    • 6 min
    Calling Kids Lazy, Building Fat Community, and Halloween Costumes

    Calling Kids Lazy, Building Fat Community, and Halloween Costumes

    Today’s episode is our October Ask Us Anything with Virginia and Corinne Fay of @SellTradePlus! We get into unlearning fatphobia, managing treats with kids, and our very unpopular opinions about Halloween. 

    If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber. It's just $5 per month or $50 for the year. Producing a weekly podcast requires a significant investment of time and resources from several talented people. Paid subscriptions make all of our work possible and enable us to offer an honorarium to expert guests, which is key to centering marginalized voices in this space.
    And don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.
    Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.
    BUTTER & OTHER LINKS
    Virginia (Corinne) joined TikTok.
    The good seltzer
    How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis
    lazy can also be a very racialized term
    @LordTroy
    our last reader survey
    Body Liberation Hiking Club
    STP's Philadelphia Clothes Swap
    Christy Harrison’s provider directory
    Corinne's cheesy song
    Ellyn Satter/DOR
    Kid Food Instagram
    Aubrey Gordon has a great argument for why we should say anti-fat bias and not fatphobia
    How to Raise Kids Who Aren't A******s by Melinda Wenner Moyer
    The $58 plus size Rockford Peach Costume on Amazon. 
    Noihsaf Bazaar
    Corinne is making this chocolate sheet cake with brown butter frosting.
    Lizzo playing James Madison’s flute
    Virginia is into Lauren Leavell Fitness
    Want to come on Virginia's Office Hours? Please use this form.
    CREDITS
    The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit virginiasolesmith.substack.com/subscribe

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Karen from Oakland ,

A full anti diet perspective

Virginia shares a whole person view on anti diet coupled with the realities of parenting. Love her voice in my anti diet journey.

thistle_crown ,

What a RELIEF

As a new parent I had no idea how stressful feeding a child could be. I’m grateful for Burnt Toast and the massive perspective shift it’s given me both in regards to my own eating and food related habits and assumptions (which change significantly after kids!) and my kids’. It’s helped challenge my assumptions on “good” and “bad” foods, and exposed diet culture in ways I never would have interrogated myself. I always feel a little sense of relief after listening to an episode. Highly recommend!

allkth ,

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