Episode 45: Setting Body Talk Boundaries Over The Holidays

December 18, 2018

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Episode Overview

The holiday season can be tough, with so many opportunities for unwelcome commentary on our bodies, diets and exercise routines from well-meaning relatives. What’s worse, our kids are exposed to it too. Jen, Annie and Lauren get together and discuss how to set boundaries this holiday season so you can enjoy your family time together, free from the discomfort of unwanted opinions and negativity. Learn how to be the change you want to see in the world and find peace among the chaos of diet culture.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The damage of body shaming discussion on children
  • The normalization of negative weight related discussions and body judgments in popular culture
  • Reasons to set boundaries around negative body talk around your kids
  • A comparison of the diet industry and tobacco industry’s tactics to normalize something that is damaging
  • Statistics around the prevalence of disordered eating
  • What is your grocery checkout stocked with?
  • Preparing your kids for the road
  • How to set boundaries in a clear, kind-hearted, non-confrontational way
  • How negative body talk is like second hand smoke
  • The role of media literacy in filtering negative messaging
  • Prevalence of weight loss advertising and negative media messages
  • What to do when you don’t feel comfortable setting a boundary
  • Getting curious about where people are coming from with body commentary
  • The discomfort of change
  • Talking to our kids about the diet industry, body image and media messages
  • Raising critical thinkers
  • Free To Be Talks Workshops
  • Effecting change at the individual and community level



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


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