The Health Scientist Podcast

Ep.40 Gabrielle Fundaro: Diet culture, Health At Every Size and the anti-diet movement

Dr Gabrielle Fundaro CISSN,CHC, holds a PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and is is a former Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College. She is also a Renaissance Periodization coach, an ISSN-certified sport nutritionist, and an ACE-certified health coach. Gabrielle has a particular interest in combining her knowledge of nutrition and motivational interviewing techniques to promote intrinsic motivation and behavior change in clients to facilitate long-term weight management and healthy lifestyles.

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In this episode we cover:

  • What is diet culture and what is the anti-diet movement?
  • What are some of the main negative points of "diet culture"?
  • How has the fitness/nutrition industry contributed to a globally skewed body ideal and focus on weight-loss
  • Some of the main tenets of the anti-diet movement
  • The danger of forming an opinion on either movement, based on the extremist voices coming from either
  • What's the difference between the anti-diet movement and the Health At Every Size movement
  • The dangers of weight stigma and forming opinions on people's health based solely on their body weight
  • What are "weight neutral" approaches to lifestyle change?
  • The importance of thinking holistically when implementing lifestyle change and understanding the risks of dieting for weight loss
  • Is weight loss as an outcome the right goal or should we focus on behaviour changes instead?
  • The benefits of not subscribing to any particular diet philosophy and the importance of being aware of our "diet" biases
  • What are the common principles shared by HAES, anti-diet and those who use weight-loss inclusive approaches?
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