Eating Disorders ~ Harriet Brown / Body of Truth

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Tonight Dr. Frager’s guest is Harriet Brown:

Harriet Brown is associate professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The author of the award-winning Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, she has written for the New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, Psychology Today, and Prevention, among others. Her new book is Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive our Obsession with Weight-and What We Can Do about It.

Other books by Harriet Brown.

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Likely Questions:

  • What inspired you to tackle this topic?
  • You’re a journalist, not a scientist. Yet you’re challenging some of the work of scientists. What gives you the credibility to do that?
  • When did we as a country start caring so much about being thin?
  • Do you really think our culture’s emphasis on being thin is going to change? If so, what would it take to change it?
  • Is it just women who want to be thin, or is it men, too?
  • In your book, you talk about your fondness for the word “fat.” Why do you feel it’s ok to use it?
  • At what age do people usually start obsessing about their weight?
  • Can you tell us about your own struggle with body image?
  • One of your daughters struggled with an eating disorder. What did you learn from going through that experience with her?
  • What do we know for sure about the connection between weight and health?
  • Why do we keep looking for weight scapegoats, and what are some of the ones we keep finding?
  • What are some of the most surprising, or counterintuitive, things you uncovered in your research?

Related Links:

Eating Disorders  (MedlinePlus links)

Weight Control  (MedlinePlus links)

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