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Journalistic Judo

In the spirit of martial arts' using an opponent's force against him/her, Dr. Elam (a.k.a. PegE) & Pat (a.k.a. the Queen) engage in a little journalistic judo in the "war on obesity," using claims & statistics provided by & about members of the weight loss industry to show how ineffective & even harmful the so-called war can be.

Articles used in the discussion include Michael Hiltzik's LA Times article "Lap-Band maker Allergan wants it both ways" & BodyMatters Australia's managing director Lydia Jade Turner's article "A weight off your mind."

The Nutrition Journal article "Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift," which contains guidelines for shifting weight-centered health campaigns & interventions to effective & ethical care consistent with the evidence base, can be accessed here.

The Association for Size Diversity & Health's press release can be read here. Find out more about ASDAH's Aug-12-14, 2011 educational conference in San Francisco here.

Today's music includes "Freedom" by Suchi Waters Benjamin & "Fit, Fat & Fine" by Candye Kane.

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January 24, 2011 Health At Every Size radio show

Pat (a.k.a. The Queen) returned to the studio today. She and PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) discussed the harmful effects of the "war on obesity," especially as it is waged against children.

Music includes "Freedom" (Suchi Waters Benjamin), "Roly Poly" (Bob Wills) & "Mister Five by Five" (Ella Mae Morse).

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Pat was being interviewed for another radio show this morning, so PegE (a.k.a. Dr. Elam) flew solo during this week's episode. After promoting Love Your Body Detroit's BodySlam! & discussing Newsweek's December 2010  "Fat Canaries in a Coal Mine" article, she devoted the rest of the hour to music supporting the New Year's Revolution.

Music includes "Let My People Go-Go" (The Rainmakers), "Freedom Now" (Sweet Honey in the Rock), "Fat Girl" (Creamy Goodness), "Women's Bodies" (Rebecca Riots), "The Bathing Suit Song" (Minna Bromberg), "Even Free" (Kristi Martel), "Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter" (Squirrel Nut Zippers), "Phenomenal Woman" (Ruthie Foster) & "Suit Yourself" (Kate Campbell).

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New Year’s Revolution!

Today's show promotes the New Year's Revolution now underway on social media websites. Skip the same-old same-old dieting & weight loss resolutions, tune out the annual upsurge in diet industry advertising and focus instead on loving your body and Health At Every Size (HAES)!

Change your Facebook profile pic to something that helps you feel good about yourself and your body. Tweet the revolution using the hashtag #HAES. Read fat-friendly fiction & non-fiction (see the Revolutions Resources link for lots of suggestions -- including, of course, Pat Ballard's books). Join the Revolution on Facebook. For more recommendations, articles, organizations and links, see the fabulous New Year's Revolution Resources page.

Want some inspiration for joyful movement, intuitive eating, pampering/self-care, self esteem/self-acceptance, and connecting with others and with the larger HAES community? Download the HAES Inspirations pdf! Or how about 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Ease Concerns About Your Weight And Improve Your Health...? Download the Wellness Council of America special report by that name by Jon Robison, Ph.D., M.S.

Viva la revolution!

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