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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

Maintenance Phase MP After Dark

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 11.4K Ratings

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Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Workplace Wellness Mailbag!

    Workplace Wellness Mailbag!

    This month we're digging into some of the 700 (!) personal stories you shared about the worst, wackiest and weirdest wellness programs at your jobs. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll want to punch a 19-year-old's boss!

    “Glorifying Obesity” And Other Myths About Fat People

    “Glorifying Obesity” And Other Myths About Fat People

    This week, we're talking about Aubrey's new book, "'You Just Need To Lose Weight' and 19 Other Myths About Fat People." And we're yelling about Piers Morgan as a little treat.


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    Hear bonus episodes on PatreonDonate on PayPalGet Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and moreBuy Aubrey's new bookListen to Mike's new podcastPreorder Aubrey's book at your favorite bookstore or here:
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    • 49 min
    The 2022 Grifties!

    The 2022 Grifties!

    It's the most wonderful time of the year: Mike and Aubrey yell about wellness grifters! In our second annual Grifties, we're honoring (?) the best, worst and weirdest of wellness and weight loss in 2022. We're also bestowing our first-ever LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD on a grifter for the ages. And we're answering a truly groundbreaking question: "what if I told you we could turn regular food ... into squares?"

    Workplace Wellness

    Workplace Wellness

    Charging disabled people more for health care is illegal. But what about ... charging non-disabled people less?

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    Hear bonus episodes on PatreonDonate on PayPalGet Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and moreBuy Aubrey's new bookListen to Mike's new podcast
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    A Review of the U.S. Workplace Wellness Market"Wellness" Based Healthcare is a Scam2013 Rand ReportWorkplace Wellness Produces No Savings\Workplace Wellbeing Is a ScamEmployers should disband employee weight control programsUsing Incentives in Workplace Wellness ProgramsCoerced into HealthCurrent Trends in Reducing Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the USThe effectiveness of worksite nutrition and physical activity interventions for controlling employee overweightManaging Manifest Diseases, But Not Health Risks, Saved PepsiCo Money Over Seven YearsThe Dubious Empirical and Legal Foundations of Workplace Wellness ProgramsToward A Critical Theory of Corporate WellnessThe development and growth of employer-provided health insuranceThe Ideological Construction Of RiskWellness Incentives In The WorkplaceA Fatter Butt Equals a Skinnier WalletThe Outcomes, Economics, and Ethics of the Workplace Wellness IndustryWhat’s Bad about Wellness? Support the show

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Podcast Payola And The Worst Thing We've Ever Tasted

    Podcast Payola And The Worst Thing We've Ever Tasted

    For this month's bonus episode we're talking about The Podcast Payola Scandal and taste-testing some of the wellness foods advertised heavily on podcasts — including the worst thing we've tried so far.

    The Food Pyramid

    The Food Pyramid

    In the 1990s, the Food Pyramid was one of the most recognizable symbols in nutrition education. But where did it come from? Why was it created by the agriculture department? And why did it tell us to eat a whole loaf of bread every day?


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    Hear bonus episodes on PatreonDonate on PayPalGet Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and moreBuy Aubrey's new bookListen to Mike's new podcast
    Links!
    Anna-Britt AgnsäterRounding Out the Food PyramidFood Lobbies, The Food Pyramid, and US Nutrition PolicyThe Fattening: Reassessing The Food PyramidCatering to Cows and ConsumersUS Drops New Food ChartAre Cattlemen Now Guarding the Hen House?Testing of the Food Pyramid Comes Full CircleTopping the Food PyramidFood Pyramid Replaced By 'MyPlate'Is The Food Pyramid Obsolete?Coca-Cola Funds Scientists to Shift BlameExperts Say Lobbying Skewed the US Dietary GuidelinesFood Politics
    Thanks to Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song!


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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11.4K Ratings

11.4K Ratings

CatieCapello ,

Love both Mike and but am currently rooting for Aubrey and her book release the most right now.

I have been listening to every single podcast I can get my grubby hands on that includes Aubrey regarding her new book release and cannot praise her insights more. Burnt Toast with Virginia Cols Smith was my recent favorite. Please everyone, bring some joy into your life by listening to Mike’s muttered snarking and Aubrey’s infectious laugh in this very smart and most importantly kind podcast.

mindykcurtis ,

Thank you!

I’m sitting in a waiting room listening to two ladies talk about weight loss and their body sizes and I’m thinking how the cult of thinness/“wellness” and fatphobia are so insidiously and deeply engrained into us. Thank you Maintenance Phase for helping me unpack and unravel this in my own thinking so I can recognize it and try my best to not pass this effed up thinking onto my daughter and son. You are doing great work and it’s making changes! It may take us years and even decades, but progress is progress, and you are both playing a huge part!

drjulesg ,

I’m straight white woman

With super big crush on Michael 😞

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