Episode 89: The Fitness and Wellness Industry: The Good, The Bad and The Unhealthy

October 30, 2019

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Episode Overview

What happens when industry professionals are struggling with their own relationships around food and fitness? Professionals working in the health and wellness industry are often seen as experts and are expected to exemplify health. Jen, Annie, and Lauren get real about the dark side of the fitness and wellness industry.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • The prevalence of disordered eating among fitness professionals and dieticians
  • Bad diet advice from reputable sources like doctors and personal trainers
  • The risk of taking advice from people with untreated eating disorders
  • Symptoms of disordered eating
  • Industry pressures on fitness instructors to look the part
  • The rise of the influencer and decline of accurate health and wellness information
  • Weight bias and how it makes sources appear more or less credible
  • Popularity and how it impacts the perception of credibility
  • Evaluating the accuracy of health information and dubious claims
  • Things industry professionals will do to portray an image of success even if it’s not real
  • The case of the stolen before and after photos
  • Red flags to watch out for with wellness professionals
  • Things to consider when hiring a wellness professional



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

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 :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


My Morning Coffee Date 

Especially in 2020, having a little positivity is so important. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I have a smile on my face, I discover something about myself. And I consider myself to have a whole hell of a lot of self-awareness to begin with! It's almost cliche to say this now but it truly feels like you're having coffee with girlfriends!