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Food Heaven Podcast

Sep 15, 2021

Today we're re-airing one of our favorite episodes! We talked with Sabrina Strings, an Asst. Professor of Sociology about the racial origins of fat phobia. Fearing the Black Body is her first book and it's a necessary read (especially for people working in healthcare!) She digs deep into the history of the white, thin ideal and how it's directly related to our society's disgust for black bodies. Do yourself a favor and get that book now! In the meantime, tune into the episode.

In This Episode We’ll Cover:

  • The fascinating (and infuriating) origins of weight bias and the thin ideal – it goes further back than you think
  • How this history affects our relationship to food and our bodies
  • Why BMI is an arbitrary measure of overall health and mortality
  • How racial bias in research is a problem and what to do about it
  • My (Jess) most EMBARRASSING body-image related highschool secret (that I legit almost edited this out of the episode)
  • & MORE!

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Book: Fearing the Black Body

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