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How Big Food Tries to Co-Opt the Anti-Diet Movement

America Dissected

Incision Media LLC

Politics, News, Society & Culture

4.74.4K Ratings

🗓️ 7 May 2024

⏱️ 50 minutes

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The Anti-Diet movement has helped us understand some of the downsides of a perpetual diet culture driven by influencers and advertisers selling us this or that fad. But what happens when the influencers behind that movement get co-opted by corporations too? Abdul reflects on the way that corporate interests too often interfere with sound science and public education. Then he sits down with Sasha Chavkin, Senior Reporter at The Examination and Caitlin Gilbert, Well+Being Data Reporter at The Washington Post to learn about their reporting on food corporations funding the anti-diet movement. This show would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. America Dissected invites you to check them out. This episode was brought to you by: Marguerite Casey Foundation who invites you to sign up for their book club at caseygrants.org/bookclub Article who invites you to check out their spring and summer home collection at article.com/AD. Make sure to use promo code AD at checkout to save $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more.

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This is America DeSected.


I'm your host, Dr. Abdul Alsayo. Over the past year, we've brought you a couple of different perspectives on body size and shape.


In last year's episode with Professor Harriet Brown, we talked about the profound impact of diet culture on mental health.


Then we did an episode about the new GLP1 agonists like Ozempik, Wagovi, and Monjaro,


and the ways that they're changing our conversation about body size and shape too.


If you haven't noticed, the throughline here is that the interplay between body weight and health is really, really complex.


On the one hand, there's pretty strong scientific evidence relating high adiposity or proportion of body fat to early mortality over the whole population.


On the other though, that optimal level for you or me or any given individual is way less clear.


Even at the population level, it's not the, quote,


smaller the better, as some would have you think.


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