#102: Sandra Aamodt – Why Diets Make Us Fat

Sandra Aamodt - Why Diets Make Us Fat

This is our interview with Sandra Aamodt, the author of Why Diets Make Us Fat, a must-read for everyone interested in diet culture.

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Episode 1O2 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 5:10 – Why did you write this book? What motivated you to write this book Why Diets Make Us Fat?
  • 6:15 – Do you personally have a history of dieting or “healthy eating”?
  • 7:50 – How do diets make us fat?
  • 11:00 – How did they convince teenage girls that they didn’t need to lose weight amidst the constant messages of today?
  • 12:30 – What is the difference between willpower and biology?
  • 16:45 – Aside from dieting, what are some common predictors of weight gain?
  • 18:00 – What are some of the problems with weight loss studies?
  • 20:40 – What cultural changes have contributed to our health and weight issues?
  • 22:30 – What’s the relationship between dieting and eating disorders? Is dieting itself disordered or does dieting make eating disorders more likely?
  • 24:00 – What is weight bias and where does it show up? How does weight discrimination show up, like in medicine and such?
  • 27:45 – Does stress make us overeat? How impactful is stress on our health?
  • 31:00 – Can you talk about the gut bacteria and other things that can cause weight gain?
  • 34:15 – How common is body dissatisfaction? Where does it come from?
  • 35:15 – Can you tell us the story of Anamarie Regino?
  • 40:30 – What’s the title of your Ted Talk?
  • 47:00 – How can people follow what you’re up to?