Weight Loss Reality TV Hurts Contestants and Viewers

From 2004-2016, the show The Biggest Loser aired on NBC. I was definitely aware of this show as it aired, but I was busy watching SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, and other wonderful programming instead.

Weight Stigma is More Problematic Than Weight Itself

Our society has worked hard to teach us that those who posses larger bodies are automatically unhealthy, and will die of horrible diseases. “If only they would take care of themselves,” our society preaches, “they would lose weight and be healthy!” Interestingly, research is beginning to show that being the victim of weight stigma may […]

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment and Diet Culture

I miss the good old days where research ethics weren’t so stringent, and we could run experiments more freely to learn about psychology and physiology. Think of all the cool stuff we could study if “human rights” didn’t stand in the way. I kid- thank goodness for research ethics, but they do prevent lots of […]

Spreading Ourselves Thin

First, A Parable Stories have a way of getting through to us and sticking with us for the long haul. The discussion this week is an important one, so we will start this thing off with a parable about spreading ourselves thin from the The 4-Hour Workweek (affiliate) by Tim Ferriss: An American investment banker […]

Using the 1% Rule to Conquering Diet Culture

When we find a bout of motivation, we feel like we could make huge, sweeping changes in our lives and move mountains. Unfortunately, that motivation wears out pretty quickly when we feel overwhelmed by our ambitious plans. It took me 5 years to work up the courage to create this blog and write regularly because I was frozen by my perfectionist tendencies, especially for an undertaking this large. I have since learned that dipping your toe in the water first and working your way in from there may be a more sustainable way to make changes and get things done.

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger

An Introduction I feel so grateful and lucky to have grown up in a two-parent household that always had enough to eat and provided me with education in academics and life. At the same time, I could have really benefitted from someone teaching me how to not feel guilt or shame while eating “bad” foods, […]

Hedonic Adaptation: Why Getting Your Dream Body Won’t Make You Happy

How many times have you gotten something new, thinking it’ll make you so unbelievably happy every time you use it? It’s fun for a while, and you appreciate it the first few times because you really notice the difference between the old and new things. Unfortunately, those feelings of newness wear off pretty quickly. We […]