Weight Watchers Is After Your Kids


I was the fat kid, so I know how much the bullying and teasing can hurt. But I think starting a diet when I was eight years old would have made it even worse. Today I talk about the controversial new Kurbo app from Weight Watchers.

There are a lot of experts chiming in on the Kurbo Kids program. Here are a few links from around the web. Check them out and tell me what you think.

Helping Children Learn To Eat Well (New York Times)

Everything You Need To Know About Weight Watcher’s New Kurbo App For Kids (Good Housekeeping)

Putting Kids On Diets Won’t Solve Anything (The Atlantic)

On this episode, I also bring you the best of Thrive Personal Fitness. In celebration of my D-Day Anniversary, I share an article called “Healthy Life Lessons From a Type 1 Diabetic“.

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Just Say NO at the Doctor’s Office


Think of today’s episode as a PSA. You have every right to tell your doctor (or nurse) no when they ask you to step on the scale.

Here’s the NY Times article I referenced in the show:

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Most Doctors Don’t See Past The Fat.

If you’re not sure how to push back on weight stigma in the doctor’s office, here are some resources to help you be your own advocate and reframe the conversation

What To Do If Your Doctor Fat Shames You

How To Find A Fat Positive Doctor Who Won’t Just Tell You To Lose Weight

Weight Stigma Kept Me Out Of Doctors’ Offices for Almost a Decade

Plus check out the latest installment of “Love Your Hashtags”!

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All Girls Are At Risk Of Poor Body Image


No one is born with poor body image or low self-esteem. Our inner critic, however, does start early. The Girls On The Run program is designed to give girls and young women a positive alternative to the negative feelings they may be starting to develop about their bodies and their abilities. If you need help learning to be more joyful, confident and healthy, Girls On The Run Southwest Missouri may be the answer for you too – no running experience necessary!

By volunteering as a coach for Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri, you get to help a girl or young woman learn to increase her self-confidence and develop healthy relationships with her body and with others. As a coach, you get to join her as she finds joy in moving her body and you get to soak up the life-changing lessons of the Girls on the Run curriculum too!

The deadline to register as a coach for the fall session is August 17, so sign up now! If you can’t serve as a coach this fall, plan now to be a coach for the spring session.

Don’t worry if you can’t commit to being a coach. You can still support Girls on the Run Southwest Missouri by being a SoleMate, a Running Buddy or by donating to help sponsor a girl who otherwise couldn’t afford to be a part of this transformative program.  You can even take care of dinner and support Girls on the Run Southwest Missouri by stopping by Bambino’s on Battlefield on August 28, 2019. 20% of the proceeds that day between 4 and 8 pm will help fund the amazing work Girls on the Run Southwest Missouri does.

Listen to this episode and then check out https://www.gotrswmo.org/ for all the ways you can participate and help support body respect for girls and young women.

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Creating Inclusive Spaces With Care


Fitness should be open to all. Respecting body diversity means we all need to do a better job of making gyms and other fitness spaces more inclusive for the LGBTQ community.

On my recent trip to the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, I was looking forward to learning more about how I can do better in making my gym truly open to all.  There were two sessions on the schedule that focused on physical health and fitness. One session, taught by two physical therapists regarding pelvic floor health for the transgender and GNC community, went very well. The other, called Combatting Dysphoria with Fitness, turned out to be very problematic. On this episode, I share why I left that session with red warning flags flying. (Hint: it’s a problem that isn’t exclusive to the transgender community and one that everyone needs to take care to avoid.)

Also on this week’s episode, I also talk about my latest Tea and a Book recommendation Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani.

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