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Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

Update: 2022-12-01


Today Virginia is chatting with Jeff Hunger who is an assistant professor of social psychology at Miami University in Ohio, who studies weight stigma. Our focus of this episode is Jeff’s work on anti-fat bias, understanding how we internalize it, the difference between implicit and explicit bias, and how we start to separate out concepts like body image struggles from the larger conversation of anti-fat bias. We cover a lot of important ground. Including Taylor Swift.

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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.


Jeff on Instagram and Twitter

Virginia's previous reporting on weight stigma in healthcare

Virginia can't be a cool foodie because she has to feed small children

A recent review on how we reduce weight bias

A good introduction to ACT, and here’s an example of research on its utility in reducing weight stigma (ironic warning for weight-normative language there!)

Weight bias is still going up. 

Study on fat-shaming celebrities and implicit bias

The very heated debate about Taylor Swift

When Lizzo used an ableist term (and fixed it!)

Stan Culture

Who gets to call themselves fat?

Denied rights to our own bodies.

When a kid comes home and reports that someone called them fat 

Mary Himmelstein's research on weight-based bullyig

Why Dan should build Virginia a hidden kitchen

No really, hidden kitchens

The appliance garage concept

It’s just gotten bigger and bigger and more absurd.

Elsie Larson's hidden library

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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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Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

Can We Conquer Anti-Fat Bias?

Virginia Sole-Smith