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589: Tell Me I’m Fat

589: Tell Me I’m Fat

Update: 2019-04-1419
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The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.
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Jake D.

Does this episode attempt to normalize being overweight?

Apr 21st
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nardawg

picking a mate is largely subconscious and genetic. women tend to prefer tall, muscular men and men tend towards women with hour glass physiques. there are biologic advantages to picking a partner with these characteristics for a variety of reasons. to blame people for having these prefences is rediculous. this is like having anepisode with guys who don't work out and then they get in shape and all of a sudden they are getting hit on and complaining that women wouldn't be as attracted to them if they stopped working out..

Apr 20th
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Joe Toaster

How dare you. How dare you end the episode that way. I've had a few beers tonight and I don't appreciate being made to cry without notice.

Apr 18th
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jacob kemper

changing how we talk about fat women actually.

Apr 17th
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Cindy R

This is my second time listening from when this episode first streamed, and it still resonates! I think the trend for body positivity and self love is wonderful. The emphasis should be placed on healthy habits not on size, and loving yourself along the way. The goal is not to be a size 2 but to take care of your body!

Apr 16th
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Kiar Holland

"the causes for obesity are way more complex than eating too much". Then states Metabolic , physiological, genetic, psychological, social and cultural factors. The last 3 simply lead to eating too much, metabolism is highly effected by activity level, and Harvard research showed genetics are a small factor which can be overcome. Lets not conflate 'hard to control' with 'out of our control'

Apr 16th
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Allie

Heidi Moffett I have been through the same struggles. You do WHATEVER is needed for YOURSELF and anything that helps you get through another day. Your life is special & important. And anyone who feels compelled to voice their ignorant comments/veiws towards persons they deem "not ideal weight" by generalizing & judging an entire population's eating habits of complete strangers are pathetically textbook insecure about their OWN short-commings. If those individuals" appearances reflected THEIR "weaknesses" and/or unhealthy tendencies; a hidious, pathetic creature would stare back at them in the mirror. AND NO, I AM NOT AND NEVER HAVE BEEN OVEREIGHT. COMETELY OPPOSITE IN FACT, AND I WAS ATE WHATEVER AND WHENEVER I WANTED WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT OF CALORIE CONTENT OR ANY EXERCISE ROUTINE. Our genes and chemical physiology are not a choice. I have the relevant college education on this subject. Nursing, with a minor in Nutition. Yes, there is an epidemic in our wonderful country, and I agree wiser choices & more activity are ABSOLUTELY warrented. Besides individual genetics, the American lifestyle is certainly a large factor. So are economic resources, ONE apple costs MORE than a McDonalds hamburger! If you only had $1.00, what would YOU chose for dinner? A box of mac&cheese can fill several bellies for a quarter (25 cents) per serving. MILLIONS in this country don't even HAVE the choice & privilege for a piece of fruit or fresh vegetables, let alone lean protein, or any protein at all on their dinner plates. So many children are growing up without ANY parental guidance or example of proper nutition. Lack of knowledge, financial resources & absentee parents/guardians are not the only obstacles they face. All too often those same struggling families are also faced with few choices of residence. Daily fear of street violence and no personal transportation keeps many shopping for groceries at the corner store with few or no fresh food items. Most corporate food store chains have closed or moved to more lucrative real estate often much to far for the majority of residents to travel safely, even IF they had the resources for transportation costs and costly super-market prices

Apr 21st
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Kiar Holland

Heidi Moffett Sorry to hear about your depression and struggles you've been going through. I have pretty severe depression as well and hope you are doing what you can to minimize it.

Apr 17th
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Bomee Lafitte

the host's pronunciation is a little bit unclear. is it only me?

Apr 16th
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Michael E

Unlike the people in this episode, I'm soooo much happier in every aspect of life after losing just over 200lbs my only regret is eating the prime of my life before deciding to do something about it. To the person who said they can't do anything about, I believe that's a cop out, I used it for 20 years, then decided it was wrong

Apr 15th
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Christie James

Isn't the purpose of this show to give a platform to fat people to share their experiences? I thought it did a fantastic job of this. There's no agree or disagree. There just IS the experience of the individual. And it was enlightening to listen to.

Apr 15th
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Holly Noel

I lost 80 lbs and it changed/saved my life. The “other side” of the argument was a girl addicted to uppers to lose weight. Fast weight loss with drugs is just as unhealthy as being overweight. How about a story about a successful happy weight loss!?

Apr 15th
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Heidi Moffett

Holly Noel Aren't there plenty of those stories? Just throw a stone.

Apr 17th
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Anthony Doritos

this episode sucks man I am MUCH happier having lost all that weight

Apr 15th
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Gavin Milligan

yeah as a fat person I hate this episode. fatness is not part of my identity, in fact it obscures my true self, so I strive to be healthier.

Apr 15th
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Holly Noel

But THERE IS A CORRECT WEIGHT!!! It’s based on muscle mass, height, age. When it’s high your risk of so many diseases goes up. I was fat and now I’m within healthy range. This feels like a cop out, unless you have a disease that causes this.

Apr 15th
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589: Tell Me I’m Fat

589: Tell Me I’m Fat

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