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  • Writer's pictureEmily Cooper

Best Podcasts for Body Image and Eating Disorders (Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size)

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

This post has been a long time coming, so thank you for being patient. Below I've compiled my favorite podcasts, why I like them, and some of my favorite quotes. I will be constantly updating this list as I find new episodes or series that I like, so make sure to check back.

If you have any recommendations or comments, I'd love to hear them! 

As always, everything I post here is for educational purposes and should not replace mental health or medical treatment.

Her bio: "Helping people make peace with food since 2013. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Christy Harrison talks with guests about their relationships with food, body image, eating disorders, weight and size acceptance, non-diet nutrition, exercise, body politics, feminism, self-compassion and self-care--all from a body-positive, Health at Every Size perspective. Along the way, Christy shares her own journey from disordered eater and dieter to food writer and anti-diet dietitian, and offers tips to help you accept your body and let go of guilt about food.

Food Psych® challenges diet culture in all its forms--including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness. The podcast is designed to offer safe and non-triggering support for listeners in recovery from eating disorders, weight stigma, and body shame. Subscribe for new anti-diet inspiration every week, and discover a whole new world of body positivity! Learn more and get full show notes and transcripts at"

"When people are deprived of food overall, they gravitate toward carbs/sweets because these are the quickest sources of energy for the body. They break down the quickest in the body to give us what we need in order to not starve, to get things done, to have energy. Which is really important in a famine, which is what diets are." 

- Christy Harrison

"What space would you have in your mind without dieting sucking up all your energy?" 

- Christy Harrison

"Reframe thinking so you're not thinking there is something wrong with you like diet culture wants you to believe. Reframe it to say that this is your body doing its job to keep you safe. It’s responding to diets the only way it knows how. Millennia ago we survived as a species in famine because of this." 

- Christy Harrison

"When you do find that place of equilibrium, you’re still going to eat some processed foods and sweets. Every day, probably. And that’s part of your body being in balance." 

- Christy Harrison

"Intuitive eating isn’t only eating unprocessed/whole/clean foods. That’s the myth that diet culture sells us. It’s just not true. We intuitive eaters have those foods in addition to the fun foods that diet culture demonizes." 

- Christy Harrison

"[Intuitive eating is] not the structured way I teach it people, even. I don’t have to be like, 'How hungry am I?' And even focusing on that too much can be a part of diet culture in a way. 'Am I hungry enough to deserve to eat?' That’s wrapped up in people trying to turn intuitive eating into a diet." 

– Christy Harrison

"Substitute work in one area with work from another. Eventually intuitive eating isn’t work anymore. But with dieting it’s always work." 

- Christy Harrison

“You can have thin privilege (move through world without having constant oppression because of the size of your body, buy clothes at main stream stores, fit into airplane seats) and you can hate your body while having that.”

– Christy Harrison

"Instead of thinking about it as a way to help people lose weight, think about it as 'how can we remove this injustice from society'."

- Christy Harrison

Her bio: "This is a show about health, not weight loss. It’s time to redefine what it means to pursue health, where your well-being matters more than your weight. When you practice Body Kindness®, you create a more satisfying life by being good to yourself. Learn how self-compassion and acceptance help you cultivate a “caregiver” voice and quiet the “inner critic”. HAES Dietitian and Certified Exercise Physiologist Rebecca Scritchfield and her guests have interesting conversations about the cultural influences that keep you stuck in “diet prison” and how you can break free to create meaningful changes in your life. Instead of dieting, you’ll practice self-care, including better sleep, flexible eating patterns, having more fun, and moving in way that feels good, not punishing. Regular guest Bernie Salazar, a former Biggest Loser “winner” shares why he’s happier and healthier as a fat man."

On emotional eating, "We don’t feel in control. What we need to do is some sort of escape or avoidance. 'Let me not pay attention to this. Let me not feel. Let me not think.' That’s where we open up the cookies or get a cupcake on the way home, anything like that." 

– Rebecca Scritchfield

"To reframe stress: Pause. Think 'Where am I at right now and what’s happening?' Describe what’s going on. 'I just had the hammer laid down on me… he’s a jerk… I need ice cream'. Knowing what you’re thinking brings it to your awareness. You can’t begin to fix things that you’re not aware of.

– Rebecca Scritchfield

"It’s not the stress, it’s how you respond to stress." 

– Rebecca Scritchfield

"When stress is most likely to be harmful [is] when you isolate yourself. Every time you tell yourself 'this sucks and I can’t handle it', you’re making it true. I choose to focus on feeling enough."

– Rebecca Scritchfield

"People who are close to you want to be there for you, but they can’t without your permission." 

– Rebecca Scritchfield

"Once you know your triggers, then you can plan what you’re going to do the next time you’re triggered." 

– Rebecca Scritchfield

Her bio: "Ditch the diets, and make real change in your health and life with help from board certified psychiatrist, eating disorders specialist, and anti-diet advocate, Dr. Stefani Reinold! We all know diets don't work. And a few people have given a nod to alternatives, yet these alternatives still preach shrinking of your body in order to gain health and happiness. It's Not About the Food is here to help you uncover the REAL reasons that you're struggling with food and your body image, so that you can create real, lasting peace and happiness from within your soul.... and the food and body will figure itself out. Hosted by board certified psychiatrist and eating disorders specialist, Dr. Stefani Reinold, It's Not About the Food will help you (1) identify what it is you're really struggling with--because, spoiler alert! It's not about the food-- and (2) help you solve those deeper issues. Dr. Stefani Reinold utilizes her funny, real, down-to-earth, and charismatic personality, as well as her deep-seated Christian faith to educate, encourage, inspire, and motivate... without ever feeling preachy, stuffy, or haughty. She also showcases brilliant, encouraging guests in order to provide real tips to your real solutions... instead of the "band-aid" solution that is the diet culture. Intuitive eating, body positivity, mindful eating, and health at every size is the jam. You won't hear politics, feminism, or social justice on this podcast, but you WILL hear some REAL, down-to-earth tips that will not only help you break free from dieting and body hatred, but also, help you live your most authentic, amazing life that God designed for you."

Here are a few of my favorite episodes she has done:

12 Diets of Christmas (This is a MUST listen! She talks about: yo-yo dieting, intermittent fasting, macro counting, food combining, Whole 30, Weight Watchers, keto, "healing" diets, sugar detoxes, veganism, juicing, and portion control. Just enter your email, create an account, and you'll be able to access them. And they are definitely worth the effort!)

Her bio: "Join Registered Nutritionist and Wellness Advocate Laura Thomas, PhD for conversations with game changers. Laura talks to people in wellness, foodies, bloggers, entrepreneurs from cool brands, creatives, nutritionists, doctors, body positivity people, mindfulness experts, and anyone else who is shaking up the wellness world, to find out how they stay on top of their game – and to help you do you, but better. It’s not all headstands and courgetti though - she and her guests aren’t afraid to dig deep into the darker side of wellness and WILL call BS on weird, faddy trends, that don’t have any legitimacy or scientific merit. Fresh pods every Friday. #dontsaltmygame"

Their bio: "Have you ever wanted to know more about nutrition but felt overwhelmed by the amount of conflicting information on the internet? You're not alone.

Join NHS surgeon Dr Joshua Wolrich and lawyer-turned-current nutrition PhD Alan Flanagan as they aim to cut through the state of nutritional discourse whilst encouraging collaboration between different healthcare professionals. Whether you're a layperson that wants to understand if celery juice can actually cure your eczema (spoiler; it can't) or a GP who wants to know what the current research is about low-carb diets for diabetes, this podcast is for you."

“Science isn’t about being right, it’s about getting it right. And getting it right is always relative to where we’re at right now.” –Alan Flanagan

“It’s a luxury to be able to worry about eating a certain way.” – Alan Flanagan

Their bio: "For busy parents who want a weekly dose of body-positive parenting wisdom, the Full Bloom Project hosts a podcast featuring conversations among Zoë, Leslie, and extraordinary experts from a wide range of fields. Each episode distills everything from scholarly research to self-help books into digestible, daily parenting practices."

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