Episode 86: Obesity: A Complex Problem That Needs Complex Solutions

October 2, 2019

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Episode Overview

Jen, Annie, and Lauren are joined by author James Fell to discuss obesity, what it really means, what causes it, and what possible solutions could be explored. Get ready to challenge everything you thought you knew about obesity and tune in for a really intersectional look at why body weights are increasing.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The prevalence of obesity
  • The importance of using person-first language around obesity
  • The definition of obesity
  • The relationship between obesity and lifestyle habits
  • Obesity as more than a size
  • Edmonton obesity staging system
  • The role of environment in obesity
  • Shifts in how much energy it takes to gather food and how that contributes to obesity
  • Human genetics and the desire to eat and move
  • The obesogenic environment
  • Food sales and marketing and the good deal mentality
  • Financial incentives for businesses to sell larger portion sizes
  • “No” fatigue and how it affects parents
  • The types of foods the government subsidizes and how that affects consumer pricing
  • Family-wide solutions to prevent obesity
  • Health washing and consumer education
  • Nutrition information kids receive in school and the responsibility it puts on them
  • How socioeconomic status influences access to healthier choices
  • Inaccuracies in food labeling that are allowable
  • The importance of life skills and learning how to cook
  • Prevalence of weight loss industry fraud
  •  How government intervention impacted smoking rates
  • Does the hysteria around childhood obesity match reality?
  • James Fell’s long term prognosis for obesity rates and community attitudes towards wellness
  • Obesity rates in specific segments of the population
  • The correlation between poverty and obesity



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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