Episodes
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 3 of the Fat Doctor Podcast, or as Asher likes to think of it, the reboot.  In this episode they be challenge the crazy progressive liberal snowflake stereotype.  Apparently fat liberation is extremism.  Or is it? In this episode, Asher discusses: Their own journey into fat liberationWhy basic human rights and freedom from discrimination and oppression is not radical extremismWhy BMI and "ob*sity" have no business being part of heath or healthcareWhy focusing...
Published 05/11/22
Published 05/01/22
In the final episode of season 2, Dr. Asher Larmie not only asks the question "is it OK to discriminate against fat people", but they also reflect on the future of the Fat Doctor Podcast. In this episode, Asher discusses: Why the wellness industry keeps getting it wrongWhat it means to be a "progressive"The reality of podcasting and how they plan to make this podcast more sustainable for the future Thank you for listening If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that...
Published 05/01/22
In order to challenge the eleventh law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Body Trust® Coach Nicola Hagett. In this episode, Asher and Nicola discuss: The double bind of health and healthcareWhat medical trauma looks likeCompassion for those that feel the need to perform the role of the "good fat"References: Nicola can be found on Instagram, and Twitter. You can sign up to her newslette  and find all the information about the services she offers on her website. Thank you for...
Published 04/12/22
In order to challeng  the tenth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by comedian and Tik Tok sensation  Cara McB. In this episode, Asher and Cara discuss: Health through the lens of productivity and capitalismThe process of ditching diet culture to fighting for social justiceHow privilege influences health References: Cara can be found on  Instagram, and  Tik Tok.  Thank you for listening If you enjoy this podcast and would like to support Asher so that they can continue making...
Published 04/01/22
In order to challenge the eighth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Superfat fitness instructor Becky Scott, founder of Missfits Workout. In this episode, Asher and Becky discuss: The difference between longevity and quality of life and how this relates to healthPerforming the role of the "good fat"What it is like to be a fat fitness professionalThe role of thin allies in the fitness profession References: Becky can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can find all...
Published 03/30/22
In order to challenge the eighth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by eating disorder advocate William Hornby.  Content Warning for eating disorders.  In this episode, Asher and William discuss: The dangers of performance and appearance based health What eating disorders actually look like as opposed to what we think they look likeThe challenges of recovering from an eating disorder into a fatphobic worldWays to support recovery, especially in men/masculine presenting...
Published 03/16/22
In order to challenge the seventh law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Nicola Salmon, fat-positive fertility coach and author of “Fat and Fertile”.    In this episode, Asher and Nicola discuss: The challenges that some people face when TTC in a fat bodyWhether it is possible to be fat and have a healthy pregnancyIf weight loss helps fertility or pregnancyIf it is possible to be fat and healthy References: Nicola's book Fat and Fertile: how to get pregnant in a bigger body can be...
Published 03/09/22
In order to challenge the sixth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Caleb Luna, an artist, public scholar and theorist of the body.  They are the author of REVENGE BODY and co-host of the podcast Unsolicited: Fatties Talk Back.  In this episode, Asher and Caleb discuss: How health and wellness culture is abelist and classistHow the pursuit of health and wellness is cultural and should not be assumedHow they learned to flip the script and embrace their fatnessThe beauty of queer...
Published 03/02/22
In order to challenge the fifth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Da'Shaun Harrison, a Black, fat, queer and trans theorist and abolitionist in Atlanta, GA. Harrison is the author of Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness, and is a public speaker who often gives talks and leads workshops on Blackness, queerness, gender, fatness, disabilities, and their intersections. Harrison currently serves as the Editor-at-Large for Scalawag Magazine. In this...
Published 02/23/22
In order to challenge the fourth law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Michelle Osbourne, a content creator, communications professional and multi-disciplined educator that specializes in helping marginalized communities build socially conscious brands In this episode, Asher and Michelle discuss: How we often seek external validation to define our worthHow to handle negative comments about our bodies and health concern trollingThe difference between confidence, body positivity and...
Published 02/16/22
In order to challenge the third law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Lily O'Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University.  Her research focuses on analyzing oppressive public health approaches to body weight and their inequitable impact on people with larger bodies, and developing ethical, evidence-based, salutogenic public health initiatives for body liberation using the social justice-based Health at Every Size approach. In Part Two, Asher and Lily...
Published 02/09/22
In order to challenge the third law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Lily O'Hara, Associate Professor of Public Health at Qatar University.  Her research focuses on analyzing oppressive public health approaches to body weight and their inequitable impact on people with larger bodies, and developing ethical, evidence-based, salutogenic public health initiatives for body liberation using the social justice-based Health at Every Size approach. In Part One, Asher and Lily...
Published 02/09/22
In order to challenge the second law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Rachel Wardle, a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist who is currently working in respiratory care for children and young people with complex neurodisability.  She has been fat the vast majority of her life, and currently falls into the superfat category Together Asher and Rachel discuss: How much control we have over our healthHow the COVID pandemic changed our perceptions of healthTheir experiences of...
Published 02/02/22
In order to challenge the first law of healthism, Dr. Asher Larmie is joined by Dr Emma Green (PhD). Emma is a writer, editor and freelance researcher. Informed by her PhD in Health Psychology and personal training certification, Emma’s work aims to challenge assumptions in the health and fitness space by sharing science and generating constructive conversations.  Together Asher and Emma discuss: The complex definition of health. How much influence diet and exercise has on a person's...
Published 01/26/22
In series 2 of their podcast Dr. Asher Larmie (formerly Natasha) explores the concepts of health and healthism by challenging 12 simple tenants that they believe form the very foundation of this modern day religion.  Alongside 12 incredible guests, they challenge each law and slowly build a narrative that challenges almost everything we believe about health and fatness.   Episode 1 is an introduction to the laws, which are as follows: Health is something that can be easily definedHealth is...
Published 01/26/22
In the final episode of the series, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by Arielle, owner of Dance Life in Madison, WI, and her wife Zoe.  Their love for each other and  their passion for encouraging and uplifting folks through dance makes this episode a fun and inspirational way to end the first season of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’. Together Natasha, Arielle and Zoe discuss: The challenges of recovering from an eating disorder in a larger bodyThe history of belly dancing and the influence of White...
Published 09/29/21
***Content Warning: Talk of childhood abuse, sexual trauma and mental health. This episode may be triggering for some *** In this episode of the ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by "Kate" who shares her experiences of childhood sexual abuse and how this impacted her relationship with her body and food.   Together they cover: How childhood trauma impacts both health and weightWhy emotional eating is common in trauma survivorsWhy health professionals need to be trauma...
Published 09/22/21
In this episode of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by Non diet nutritionist and secondary school teacher, Jeanette Thompson-Wessen.  Jeanette is a qualified nutritionist who specialises in intuitive eating and body image, and also happens to teach during the week. She is known as The Mindset Nutritionist, and is one of the co-founders and directors of Health Professionals Against Weight Stigma (HPAWS).  She is also mum to two girls (for now!) and lives in Kent with her...
Published 09/16/21
In this second of a two-part series of the ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by Natala, a former serial dieter and 'c-list celebrity in the plant-based diet world'. Natala shares her experience of the ugly side of the health and well-being industry, and confirms what we already know - diets can't be trusted.  Together they cover: The difference between ethical veganism and the plant-based diet industryThe frightening truth about what goes on behind the scenesHow easy it...
Published 09/08/21
[CW: weight talk, extreme dieting methods, medical abuse] In this first of a two part series of the ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by Natala, a former serial dieter whose incredible story highlights just how dangerous medical weight stigma can be. A former 'c-list celebrity in the plant-based diet world', Natala shares her experience of how she has finally conquered anti-fat bias in a disabled body.  Together they cover: Why doctors shouldn't put children on a dietHow...
Published 09/01/21
In this episode of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie challenges the claim that ob*sity is a risk factor for cancer, secondary only to smoking.  This is the first time Natasha flies solo and she admits to being a little anxious about it! Today's podcast includes: Why you cannot compare weight with smokingWhy weight isn't a behaviour or something you can easily controlThe embarrassingly flawed evidence that links weight with cancerWhy causation is not the same as association (and...
Published 08/25/21
In this episode of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by weight inclusive fitness trainer, campaigner and former teacher, Amy Snelling.  Amy co-founded the organisation Fitness Professionals Against Weight Stigma (FPAWS), a community Interest Company that strives to create inclusive fitness spaces where every body feels welcome and comfortable enough to feel the true benefits of physical activity Together Natasha and Amy discuss: The impact of weight stigma and diet...
Published 08/18/21
In this episode of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by Ciekeisha, a stay at home mom and social activist who lives in Texas and shares her firsthand experience of how weight stigma and racism intersect in today's society. Together Natasha and Ciekeisha share a personal and intimate conversation about the following: The intersection between racism and weight stigmaThe social determinants of health including financial stability, access to education and inequalities in...
Published 08/11/21
In this episode of ‘The Fat Doctor Podcast’, Dr. Natasha Larmie is joined by writer, campaigner and public speaker, Molly Forbes.  Molly is the Director of Body Happy Org and author of the book "Body Happy Kids: how to help children and teens love the skin they’re in".  Together Natasha and Molly share a passionate and spirited discussion about: The impact of diet culture and anti-fat bias in childrenWays in which we can start tackling weight stigma in schools and other organisations that...
Published 08/04/21