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Many of us are setting new personal goals in the new year – like exercising, eating healthier or even trying to lose weight. What does our weight really tell us about our health? Is it possible to feel healthy without obsessing over the numbers on the scale? Are our ideas about weight and health based on outdated beliefs? On this season of Chasing Life, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is talking to doctors, researchers, and listeners to take a closer look at what our weight means for our health. Plus, what you need to know about the latest weight loss drugs and how to talk about weight and better health with others, especially kids.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 7.4K Ratings

Many of us are setting new personal goals in the new year – like exercising, eating healthier or even trying to lose weight. What does our weight really tell us about our health? Is it possible to feel healthy without obsessing over the numbers on the scale? Are our ideas about weight and health based on outdated beliefs? On this season of Chasing Life, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is talking to doctors, researchers, and listeners to take a closer look at what our weight means for our health. Plus, what you need to know about the latest weight loss drugs and how to talk about weight and better health with others, especially kids.

    What Camels Teach Us about the Future

    What Camels Teach Us about the Future

    Global temperatures are rising, severe storms are intensifying and people are feeling climate anxiety. Does saving the planet mean living without comfort or convenience? Can policies and technology turn things around? CNN Chief Climate Correspondent, Bill Weir believes taking better care of the earth and our ourselves can go hand-in-hand. He talks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what’s working, what needs to change and why there is reason to be optimistic about the future. They also discuss Weir’s call to action - his new book, “Life as We Know It (Can Be): Stories of People, Climate and Hope in a Changing World.”
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    • 35 min
    The Joy of Food

    The Joy of Food

    For many of us, our weight and eating habits feel deeply intertwined. But how do you strike a balance between eating for pleasure and eating for fuel? How can we reframe our relationship with food – so it doesn't revolve around what’s “bad” or “good?” Sanjay speaks with Dr. Linda Shiue, an internal medicine physician, trained chef, and the author of Spicebox Kitchen. Dr. Shiue sheds light on sustainable approaches to healthy eating and we’ll hear from listeners about the foods that bring them joy.  
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    • 27 min
    Body Neutrality with Jameela Jamil

    Body Neutrality with Jameela Jamil

    When it comes to optimizing our mental and physical health, many of us focus on managing our weight and metabolic function. But what happens when the numbers are good but the way we feel about our bodies is bad? Should we be striving to love the way we look? Or is it better to not think about our bodies at all? Actress and activist, Jameela Jamil thinks a lot about health, food and diet culture. After years of struggling with anorexia, “The Good Place,” star and host of the "I Weigh with Jameela Jamil" podcast tells Sanjay why she thinks food, mental health, and body image are intertwined.
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    • 30 min
    Do Diets Really Work?

    Do Diets Really Work?

    Keto. High protein. Intermittent fasting. So many diets claim to be the best way to lose weight. But do diets actually work? Research shows that diets don’t lead to long-term weight loss for most people, and that even two people following the same “healthy” diet can have wildly different results. Stanford University nutrition professor Dr. Christopher Gardner has spent more than 20 years studying nutrition and comparing different diets. He spoke to CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to share what he’s learned and shares his tips for personalizing the way you eat to fit your body’s needs. 
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    • 28 min
    Do These Quick Weight Loss Hacks Work?

    Do These Quick Weight Loss Hacks Work?

    There's no shortage of products and procedures promising a quick way to weight loss. But do they work? Or is it all just marketing and hype? In this episode, Sanjay speaks with Dr. Mikhail Varshavski – better known as Doctor Mike — who has made it his mission to debunk medical misinformation. He’ll dive into popular weight loss methods, how they supposedly work, and the truth behind cleanses, juices, tummy teas, and more.
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    • 32 min
    Lindy West on what we’re getting wrong about weight

    Lindy West on what we’re getting wrong about weight

    Thirteen years ago, Seattle-based writer Lindy West wrote an essay that took the internet by storm called “Hello, I’m Fat.” That essay would become the 2016 New York Times best-selling memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, and later a Hulu television series. On today’s episode, Lindy, who is still writing and hosts a podcast, sits down with CNN’s Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a candid and honest conversation about living as a self-described “fat” person, and how the way she thinks about weight has changed since writing Shrill. 
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.4K Ratings

7.4K Ratings

DNelson21956 ,

Science and Common Sense

When I listen to Dr. Gupta, I imagine him talking to me - as if he were my doctor or advisor, translating complex health issues. The themes he covers are topical and timely. It is also gratifying to see that he covers all forms of health from wellness, to physical and psychological health. Keep up the outstanding efforts!

51 year old Lady. ,

Better menopause coverage please!

I am disappointed that the bad science in the womens health initiative was not even mentioned in the recent menopause episode. Why, oh why does the traditional medical establishment not trumpet from the rooftops that women have reduced mortality from all causes (especially colorectal cancer and heart disease) when they take hormone replacement therapy—especially in the first ten years after menopause. There are 35 recognized and 104 known symptoms of menopause. There is far more need for HRT than just for hot flashes. It’s appalling how little is talked about this. Thanks for the menopause show at all, but it was pretty disappointing.

Chris and Mary ,

My favorite podcast

I love this podcast because of the choice of topics, lack of hype and the depth of conversation. Dr. Gupta is a warm, intelligent and caring person. Thank you to the team for putting this podcast together.

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