DiscoverBurnt Toast by Virginia Sole-Smith"You Are Not Considered a Whole Person After a Certain Age."
"You Are Not Considered a Whole Person After a Certain Age."

"You Are Not Considered a Whole Person After a Certain Age."

Update: 2023-03-02


Today Virginia is chatting with Debra Benfield, RDN. Debra has helped hundreds of women heal their relationship with food eating in their bodies over her 35-year career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in the prevention and treatment of disordered eating, and brings her passion, expertise, and lived experience to the intersection of pro-aging and body liberation work. Deb’s work is rooted in helping clients recognize internalized ageism and end it, dismantle internalized diet culture and fatphobia, nourish their bodies to support vitality and aging and develop a respectful partnership with their bodies. 

If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber to get all of Virginia's reporting and bonus subscriber-only episodes. 

And don't forget to preorder! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. You can preorder your signed copy from Virginia's favorite independent bookstore, Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the US!). Or order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, or Kobo or anywhere else you like to buy books. And! You can now preorder the audio book from or Audible.

Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


Follow Deb @agingbodyliberation (Facebook)

Deb's small group coaching that focuses on aging with vitality and body liberation

grappling with feelings about our aging bodies

The Truth About Grandparents

that Emma Thompson conversation

Ashton Applewhite's TED talk

Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It

Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs about Aging Determine How Long and Well You Live 

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water


The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.

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"You Are Not Considered a Whole Person After a Certain Age."

"You Are Not Considered a Whole Person After a Certain Age."

Virginia Sole-Smith