“But after the podcast this month, the backlash went up a notch, and body image advocates were not impressed. Virginia Sole-Smith, an advocate and author, told her 12,000 followers on Instagram, ‘I don’t give a f—k about your diet, Jack. When teenage girls do it before prom, it’s an eating disorder, but when (very rich) white guys do it, it’s … still a f—king eating disorder.'” Read more
“Virginia Sole-Smith, a journalist and author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America, explains the chronology like this: On the one hand, you have people frustrated with “the Jenny Craig calorie counting model,” because it’s hard and joyless and, in the long term, rarely seemed to work. At the same time, the alternative food movement starts to gain mass momentum, with Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman leading the charge. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Who can argue?” Read more
“To me, the most troublesome part of the Kurbo app is how many perfectly normal, healthy foods are on the red list,” such as peanut butter and granola, says Virginia Sole-Smith, author of “The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America.” This is obviously damaging in the sense that a child should never be put in a position where weight loss is expected, she says. “But as a mother of a cautious eater with a history of a severe pediatric feeding disorder, I worry a lot about how this would perpetuate anxiety and rigid thinking (by) picky eaters.” Read more
“Lunch is complicated,” Sole-Smith tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Kids’ appetites are tough to predict because they change often with activity level and growth fluctuations. And lunch can be a pretty stressful meal — you’re in the cafeteria, it’s loud and crowded, it’s almost always too short and kids are easily distracted. For those reasons alone, it’s totally reasonable for parents to want to pack the ‘easy’ foods they know their kids will like so the food part of the meal isn’t an added stressor.” Read more
In today’s episode with Virginia Sole-Smith, we explore how social media has contributed to our heightened stress around food, how to navigate food struggles with kids, and things you can do to make sure you’re not projecting your own body image issues onto your children. Listen here
The “COVID 15” is something a lot of people are facing in the pandemic as people gain weight while working from home. Childhood weight gain is also on the rise with families stagnant in quarantine. For more on the increase in childhood obesity, KCBS Radio’s anchor and reporter Lisa Chan spoke with Virginia Sole-Smith, author of “The Eating Instinct” and contributor to the New York Times Parenting section. Listen here
Virginia’s interview with Christi Paul of HLN’s “On The Story,” discussing her New York Times Magazine article, “When You’re Told You’re Too Fat to Get Pregnant.” Air date: June 25, 2019. Watch here
“Also, don’t force the veggies.” Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Eating in America, said that doing so will only backfire. Research shows that making our kids eat certain foods “is a short term game with long time dire consequences. Nobody likes the food they were forced to eat.” Read more
This hour, we’ll talk about the best ways to teach kids healthy habits while maintaining a positive body image. And we’ll discuss the impact that pop culture, social media and technology is having on how kids see themselves. Guest host Tracy Matisak talks with Charlotte Markey, professor of psychology at Rutgers University at Camden, and Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. Listen here
“Virginia Sole-Smith, an author who writes about body image, feminism, and health, told her Instagram followers: “[I don’t give a fuck] about your diet, Jack. When teenage girls do it before prom, it’s an eating disorder … but when (very rich) Thin White Guys do it, it’s … still a fucking eating disorder.”” Read more
“In the words of Virginia Sole-Smith, author of “The Eating Instinct” and co-host of the podcast Comfort Food, ‘Nobody has ever grown up to like a vegetable they were forced to eat as a child. But when we neutralize foods and offer fruits and vegetables alongside the foods our kids are naturally drawn to, they stop equating broccoli with ‘yucky’ and cookies with ‘forbidden heaven.’ It’s all just food.'” Read more
WAMC’s The RoundTable: “Food Culture, Body Image, And Guilt In America”
Bare Necessities: “Author Virginia Sole-Smith Debunks Some of the Most Harmful Food Myths”
The Highlands Current: “Don’t Eat Yourself Up”
The Sunday Edit: “How to Raise Kids Who Love Their Bodies”
Intuitive Bites Podcast: “The Eating Instinct with Virginia Sole-Smith”
Nutrition Matters Podcast: How Connecting to our Instinct to Eat can Help us Make Peace with Food
Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue: Virginia Sole-Smith joined us for an interview on her book, The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America.
Food Psych Podcast: “The Wellness Diet and Feeding Kids with Virginia Sole-Smith”
Dietitians Unplugged Podcast: “Exploring The Eating Instinct with Virginia Sole-Smith”
Courageously Go Podcast: “Our Relationship with Food: An Interview with Virginia Sole-Smith”
Motherbirth Podcast: “Motherhood and Diet Culture”
The Appetite Podcast: An Interview with Virginia Sole-Smith
Book Cougars Podcast: “Author Spotlight with Virginia Sole-Smith”
Albany Times Union: “Taking issue with food issues”
Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books Podcast: Virginia Sole-Smith
Edible Potluck Podcast: “Exploring Orlando and Virginia Sole-Smith”
Real Health Radio: An interview with Virginia Sole-Smith
One Life Radio: Virginia Sole-Smith, Tom Blas, and Krav Maga
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