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Archive for August 2010

Today's show featured the story behind the creation of the "obesity epidemic", plans for fat women to descend (or ascend, depending on your perspective) en masse on Lake Michigan for the Nov. 5-7, 2010 Abundia Retreat, and the most recent episodes of Drop Dead Diva & HUGE.

Music included "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) & "Fit, Fat & Fine" (Candye Kane).

Books mentioned: Fat Politics by J. Eric Oliver, Ph.D.; The Obesity Myth (published in paperback as The Diet Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health) by Paul Campos, & Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health by Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D.

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Today's show segues from discussion of the myths & misconceptions in last week's HUGE episode (ABC Family channel) to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)'s recently revised "Guidelines for Therapists Who Treat Fat Clients" to a recently published conversation with social epidemiologist Paula Lantz, whose research indicates that increased mortality is linked to poverty and inactivity rather than "obesity."

Plus Dr. Elam & the Queen of Rubenesque Romances proffer a little paean to the Lifetime channel's Drop Dead Diva. And The Wiseguys "Start the Commotion."

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Today's show continued discussion of the ABC Family television show HUGE, looking at its mixed messages, depiction of emotional abuse and fat jokes, and its glossing over of the reality of restrictive eating and exercising. Peggy (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat also touched upon the Lifetime show Drop Dead Diva.

Music includes "Dorothy & Eve" from Cosy Sheridan's CD The Pomegranate Seed: An Exploration of Appetite, Body Image & Myth in Modern Culture. Book mention: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss.

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Pat's back for today's show!

Peggy (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) & Pat discussed concerns -- and whistle-blowing -- about bariatric medicine (the branch of medicine specializing in "obesity"), weight stigma and its effects upon health, and The Doughnut Scene in last week's episode of HUGE.

Music included "Freedom" by Suzee Waters Benjamin & a portion of Kristie Agee's version of "Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style."

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Pat's still recovering from the bug she contracted a week and a half ago, so Peggy (um, Dr. Elam) flew solo for this show.

Today's show (well, yesterday's show -- we didn't get the recording until today due to a computer glitch at the Radio Free Nashville studio) focused on "medicalization," a term describing the process of converting "normal" conditions and problems into medical "illnesses" for which drugs, surgery and other "treatment" can be sold. (A.K.A. "diseasemongering.")

Peggy (A.K.A. Dr. Elam) also discussed recent research indicating that published research on weight management fails to meet the standards of evidence-based medicine, and a Psychiatric Times article on psychiatric fads, overdiagnosis and "normality" as "an endangered species."

Books recommended during this show: Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer by Shannon Brownlee & Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients by Ray Moynihan & Alan Cassels.

Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin), "Women's Bodies" (Rebecca Riots), "Fat Boys" (Uncle Bonsai) & "Chubby Man Blues" (Les Kerr).

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