Fancy being wrong about something? That's a rhetorical question, of course, you don't... no one does. The thing is, once the initial discomfort has passed, it's truly the best way way to grow as a human being.
Welcome to Willing To Be Wrong, a podcast with the intention of doing just that. My name is Dr Joshua Wolrich and I'm an NHS surgical doctor, nutrition MSc student, author and accidental influencer. Like all healthcare professionals, I was taught by a system that practises medicine in a weight-normative manner, where a focus on body weight is used to try and define health and wellbeing. After internalising the weight stigma I'd been subject to for years, I left medical school believing that I couldn't be a good doctor if I were fat, prompting further disordered eating and a damaged relationship with food.
After a difficult couple of years of being challenged on my beliefs by people far cleverer than me, I now believe that healthcare has to become weight-inclusive if we're ever going to change the massive problem of weight stigma and the both direct and indirect harm it does to patients. Join me as I talk to guests about a wide range of topics from the complex nature of weight and health (and why neither should be treated as a personal responsibility), to nutribollocks such as 'celery juice detoxifies your liver' and why it's utter b******t. The guests aren't all experts (as that wouldn't be fun) and the questions are rarely pre-prepared, but true conversations tend not to be.
My debut book, Food Isn't Medicine: Challenge Nutribollocks & Escape The Diet Trap, is now available for pre-order online on Amazon, Book Depository, and elsewhere. For more information, you can find me on social media @drjoshuawolrich.
#9: Anna Sweeney - Navigating Diet Culture as a Dietitian Living with Multiple Sclerosis
In this episode, Anna Sweeney (@dietitiananna) talks about the impact of the 'food is medicine' rhetoric and diet culture whilst being a full-time disabled person living with MS.
#8: Zoe Pearce - Living with Lipoedema
In this episode, Zoe Pearce (@thickthighs.positivevibes) talks about living with Lipoedema in a world where it's often treated like a fake condition.
#7: Sarah Nicole Landry - #PassTheMic, Privilege, Detoxes and Cupcakes
In this episode, Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya) talks about why it's so crucial to pass the mic to content creators with less privilege than ourselves.
#6: Stephanie Yeboah - Body Positivity, the Medicalisation of Size and COVID Mortality
In this episode, Steph explains why the body positivity movement no longer represents those it was created for, and then we talk about why the medicalisation of body size has such potential for harm.
#5: Teddy Okechukwu - Are Medical Students Taught about Weight Stigma?
The fact that many medical students are still not being taught about weight stigma or the social determinants of health is a MASSIVE problem. A MASSIVE ONE. There really is no excuse for it.
#4: Pixie Turner - Emotional Eating, Wellness Wankery and Coffee Enemas
Emotional eating is completely normal. In this episode, Pixie Turner, a registered nutritionist and trainee psychotherapist, explains what it is and why it's not the problem we've been taught to treat it as.
Please do one on autoimmune and “diet”
I love love love your podcast! I’ve been recently diagnosed with RA and have had a TON of suggestions on how to manage it. I’ve been in ED recovery for a few years and this new diagnosis has started creeping back in old habits. It’s so confusing with all the information out there on the “anti-inflammatory” diet. I heard your podcast with Anna Sweeney and at the end heard her mention this. I would love to get insight from you on this! I heard your interview with Tally (correction) and immediately bought your book (which I also love!!!). Thank you so much for this podcast!!!! You’re amazing!
One of my favorite podcasts
There is something so healing about this podcast. It comes from a place of curiosity and learning and encourages you to be compassionate towards yourself if a way that is contrary to most weight and health discussions in our current culture. I really hope this type of discussion becomes the new normal, we need it so badly.
I’ve been an eating disorders specialist (nutrition) in the US for almost 30 years and am grateful for your raw and spot-on advice. Coming from a medical perspective, this is a breath of fresh air to a stale and stigmatized culture.
I’ll undoubtedly continue to share with other professionals, and clients and I’m beyond grateful that you re-upped your podcasting to benefit SO MANY.