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Unpacking Weight Science

Mainstream weight science is built upon a plethora of assumptions. We now know that many of these assumptions about human body weight and health are flawed. Let me tell you why.

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Ep 3. How we got here: BMI meets death

A history of the development of the BMI (including how 'obesity' ended up on child growth charts), how we discovered there was a relationship with weight and death, and how a few powerful men gifted us the weight-centrism we have today. Use the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast as professional development! For the supporting materials, including learning goals and self-test quiz, see www.unpackingweightscience.com   


30 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Article reading: 'What's in a word? On weight stigma and terminology'

This article is a really important discussion of the issues around how we refer to different body types.  Because not everyone has the time, opportunity or ability to sit and read journal articles, I've done an audio recording for you. Enjoy :-) The article details are: Meadows, Angela, and Sigrún Daníelsdóttir. "What's in a word? On weight stigma and terminology." Frontiers in psychology 7 (2016): 1527. Available open access here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01527/full Want more of these as soon as they're published? Check out https://www.patreon.com/UnpackingWeightScience 


26 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 5 Anatomy of a weight loss paper

A research paper is a piece of persuasive writing.  This episode breaks down how all the pieces fit together, the expected rhetoric of weight loss research, common research methods that guarantee statistical significance at the cost of clinical practicalities, how to spot hyperbole, and how the way we usually read research papers leaves us at the mercy of the authors biases.  Find supporting materials at www.unpackingweightscience.com and subscribe to the Unpacking Weight Science Patreon to access all newer episodes immediately: https://www.patreon.com/UnpackingWeightScience 


25 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 4: Weight Bias, Stigma and Discrimination

This episode is an introduction and defines the terms, discusses their impact on healthcare, society and the lives of the people who are impacted by weight-centrism. For the supporting materials including learning outcomes, further reading and self-test quiz, see www.unpackingweightscience.com   


30 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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Ep 2: Demystifying Assumptions, De-myth-defying Assumptions

This episode discusses the two main myths that perpetuate weight loss encouragement as well as the terms, weight centric, weight neutral, lifestyle intervention and concern troll. For supporting materials for this episode including show notes, further reading and the quiz, see www.unpackingweightscience.com.


18 Sep 2018

Rank #5