30 episodes

How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?In their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie, an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges 'health' as we know it through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.They tackle the various ways in which weight stigma and anti-fat bias impact both individuals and society as a whole. From the classroom to the boardroom, the doctors office to the local pub, weight-based discrimination is everywhere. Is it any wonder that it has such an impact on our health? Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Asher and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

The Fat Doctor Podcast Dr Asher Larmie

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?In their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie, an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges 'health' as we know it through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.They tackle the various ways in which weight stigma and anti-fat bias impact both individuals and society as a whole. From the classroom to the boardroom, the doctors office to the local pub, weight-based discrimination is everywhere. Is it any wonder that it has such an impact on our health? Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Asher and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    The Crazy Progressive Liberal Snowflake

    The Crazy Progressive Liberal Snowflake

    Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 3 of the Fat Doctor Podcast, or as Asher likes to think of it, the reboot.  In this episode they be challenge the crazy progressive liberal snowflake stereotype.  Apparently fat liberation is extremism.  Or is it?

    In this episode, Asher discusses:
    Their own journey into fat liberationWhy basic human rights and freedom from discrimination and oppression is not radical extremismWhy BMI and "ob*sity" have no business being part of heath or healthcareWhy focusing on weight loss is a waste of breath
    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 

    More about the show:

    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?

    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.

    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one.

    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle

    • 25 min
    Introducing the 12 laws of healthism

    Introducing the 12 laws of healthism

    In series 2 of their podcast Dr. Asher Larmie (formerly Natasha) explores the concepts of health and healthism by challenging 12 simple tenants that they believe form the very foundation of this modern day religion.  Alongside 12 incredible guests, they challenge each law and slowly build a narrative that challenges almost everything we believe about health and fatness.  

    Episode 1 is an introduction to the laws, which are as follows:
    Health is something that can be easily definedHealth is something that we can controlWe are responsible for improving our own health  A person’s worth is determined by their health     We owe society a debt of health. People in poor health are a drain on society. The healthy few end up paying for the lazy, unhealthy masses.Good health should be our number one priority  You cannot be fat and healthy  Fatness is a sign of weakness and lack of self-respectFatness can be cured by eating less and moving more  Everyone can lose weight if they try hard enough  BMI is a perfectly good measure of health and any health professional that disagrees is not fit for purpose  It is OK to discriminate against fat people  
    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 


    More about the show:
    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?
    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.
    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one. 
    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    • 45 min
    Challenging the first law: Can health be easily defined?

    Challenging the first law: Can health be easily defined?

    In order to challenge the first law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Emma Green (PhD). Emma is a writer, editor and freelance researcher. Informed by her PhD in Health Psychology and personal training certification, Emma’s work aims to challenge assumptions in the health and fitness space by sharing science and generating constructive conversations. 


    Together Asher and Emma discuss:
    The complex definition of health. How much influence diet and exercise has on a person's overall healthWhy many associate health with fatnessThe importance of mental healthSome lesser known facts about eating disorders and disordered eating
    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 

    Resources and links mentioned in this episode:
    Emma Green in on Instagram

    Fitness Professionals Against Weight Stigma (FPAWS) is a Community Interest Company striving to create inclusive fitness spaces where every body feels welcome and comfortable enough to feel the true benefits of physical activity. They can also be found on Instagram.


    More about the show:
    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?
    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.
    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one. 
    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    • 53 min
    Challenging the second law: Can health be easily controlled?

    Challenging the second law: Can health be easily controlled?

    In order to challenge the second law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Rachel Wardle, a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist who is currently working in respiratory care for children and young people with complex neurodisability.  She has been fat the vast majority of her life, and currently falls into the superfat category

    Together Asher and Rachel discuss:
    How much control we have over our healthHow the COVID pandemic changed our perceptions of healthTheir experiences of working through the pandemic The challenges faced by fat healthcare professionals working in often times hostile anti-fat spacesContent Warning:
    COVID and experiences on ITU, fat shaming, weight stigma, explicit language

    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 

    More about the show:
    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?
    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.
    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one. 
    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    • 55 min
    Challenging the third law: Are individuals responsible for improving their own health? (Part 1)

    Challenging the third law: Are individuals responsible for improving their own health? (Part 1)

    In order to challenge the third law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Lily O'Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University.  Her research focuses on analyzing oppressive public health approaches to body weight and their inequitable impact on people with larger bodies, and developing ethical, evidence-based, salutogenic public health initiatives for body liberation using the social justice-based Health at Every Size approach.

    In Part One, Asher and Lily discuss:
    How we should be defining healthHow the salutogenic model is enhanced by the ecological modelThe social determinants of healthHow the Red Lotus Model allows us to understand health promotion through a social justice and body liberation critical lens
    References:

    The article that Asher often refers to her and recommends everyone reads is

    The Red Lotus Model (2007 edition)
    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 
    More about the Dr Lily O'Hara

    Dr Lily O’Hara is Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University. She is a public health and health promotion educator and practitioner with experience in Australia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Lily has worked on community, workplace, and school-based programs addressing a broad range of health and wellbeing issues. Lily’s research focuses on developing the critical health promotion competencies of the community, workforce, and institutions through the development of the Red Lotus Critical Health Promotion Model, professional development, and teaching.   

    More about the show:
    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?
    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.
    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one. 
    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    • 49 min
    Challenging the third law: Are individuals responsible for improving their own health? (Part 2)

    Challenging the third law: Are individuals responsible for improving their own health? (Part 2)

    In order to challenge the third law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Lily O'Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University.  Her research focuses on analyzing oppressive public health approaches to body weight and their inequitable impact on people with larger bodies, and developing ethical, evidence-based, salutogenic public health initiatives for body liberation using the social justice-based Health at Every Size approach.

    In Part Two, Asher and Lily discuss:
    Wellness culture and how different it is from the salutogenic, ecological health paradigmThe ethics of weight loss surgeryWhy some people are fanatical about wellness cultureWhy we can't assume that between population based studies apply to  individuals
    References:

    Season 1, Episode 10 of the Fat Doctor Podcast; "The one about cancer".

    The Weighting Room Webinar on Weight Loss Surgery


    Thank you for listening

    If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making them, you can join them on Patreon.  If you fancy connecting with other like-minded people in a safe and non judgmental environment, then why not join their Facebook group the ‘Friends of The Fat Doctor’? You can also check out their webiste or find them on all the usual social media channels including Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. 
    More about the Dr Lily O'Hara

    Dr Lily O’Hara is Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University. She is a public health and health promotion educator and practitioner with experience in Australia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Lily has worked on community, workplace, and school-based programs addressing a broad range of health and wellbeing issues. Lily’s research focuses on developing the critical health promotion competencies of the community, workforce, and institutions through the development of the Red Lotus Critical Health Promotion Model, professional development, and teaching.   

    More about the show:
    How would you react if someone told you that most of what we are taught to believe about healthy bodies is a lie? How would you feel if that person was a medical doctor with over 20 years experience treating patients and seeing the harm caused by all this misinformation?
    In series 2 of their podcast, Dr Asher Larmie,  an experienced General Practitioner and self-styled Fat Doctor, examines and challenges the laws that make up the foundations of mordern day healthism.
    They tackles the various ways in which these laws contribute to weight stigma and fat oppression through passionate, unfiltered conversations with guest experts, colleagues and friends.  In order to really tackle weight stigma, Asher believes that you must first challenge society's definition of health, it's relationship with disease, and why fat has become public enemy number one. 
    Whether you're a person affected by weight stigma, a healthcare professional, a concerned parent or an ally who shares our view that people in larger bodies deserve better, Dr. Larmie and the team at 'The Fat Doctor Podcast' welcomes you into the inner circle.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Elvistheyogi ,

Necessary & awesome

Thank you Asher for this much needed podcast! I love your approach, and the way you bring the science and research along with the lived experience. I hope you know how much your work is appreciated.

Curiosity not Judgment ,

Outstanding

This is such a high quality, balanced and incredibly helpful resource for those who appreciate that health and wellness is so much more than the number on the scale!!

🤷🏼‍♀️🙈😬 ,

Make it a CME

This woman is making all the best waves in the medical field and the conversations vilified by diet culture.

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