Ep. 19: Deadly Consequences of Fat Stigma at the Doctor's Office - Laura Fraser

Deadly Consequences of Fat Stigma at the Doctor's Office - Laura Fraser 

Science Daily reported earlier this year that in a study of over 300 autopsy reports, obese patients were 1.65 times more likely than others to have significant undiagnosed medical conditions such as endocarditis, ischemic bowel disease or lung carcinoma. This week's featured guest is Laura Fraser. Laura is a journalist and author of Losing It, an investigative piece entailing her experience going under cover to take a deeper look at how the diet industry creates and exploits our weight worries (LauraFraser.com). A reformed dieter and ex-bulimic, Laura's already impassioned work strikes a deeper chord with the passing of her sister, Jan, last year to a cancer that was ignored by doctors and misdiagnosed as mere excessive weight. Laura takes me through the history of unrealistic body expectations for women as we explore her research and the relationship between big pharmaceutical companies and the mainstream diet industry."

"I wrote that book to just drive a tank through the diet industry. Its the only industry that's built on failure." 

- Laura Fraser

 

This Week on the Every Body Podcast:

  • A look at Laura Fraser's early life which led to her struggle with bulimia.
  • How her own research helped shed some light on the truth about different body types and what positive health actually means.
  • Her findings in Losing It which debunk the myths the diet industry is trying to shove down our throats.
  • The misuse of the BMI and how mainstream researchers manipulate its categories to propel their products.
  • The story behind Laura's sister whose misdiagnosed cancer led to her premature death last year. 

 

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Daria Matza