SPOTLIGHT: Body Love Badass Dr. Traci Mann

-1After years of dieting, newbies to the world of Body Acceptance, find it very hard to wrap around the much discussed concept that, “Diets Don’t Work.” Thanks to Dr. Traci Mann of The Health and Eating Lab, however, we have hard evidence to prove such rhetoric. Dr. Mann, a widely cited expert in her field, has done copious amount of research on dieting, eating, fatness and self control and has proven, time and again, that, indeed, diets don’t work.

Dr. Mann’s book, “Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again,” explains her findings in depth and offers a breath of fresh air to anyone who has been stuck on the hamster wheel of Body Hate for any length of time.

cover@2xWhile the Body Acceptance Movement has a vast selection of wonderfully loud warriors who boisterously encourage the masses to love themselves, no matter their shape or size, Dr. Mann is a strong scientific ally in the game. And with so many disbelievers out there, we really need scientific evidence to dispel the hysteria supporting the supposed, “Obesity Epidemic.” That’s why Dr. Mann is so crucial to this discussion. She provides concrete, scientific data that blows the current thoughts surrounding fat people right out of the water.

We learned about the wonderful Dr. Mann and the Health and Eating Lab after filming #fattitude, but we are thrilled to feature her in our Big Fat Summer of Love campaign.

1. What inspired you to speak out against weight bias?Unknown-1

For years I have been studying the science of weight loss and obesity, and the evidence shows that weight is primarily genetically determined and the extent to which people can alter it is limited. Trying to live at a weight way below one’s genetic range is a recipe for misery and failure as it basically means living as if you are biologically starving. I think it is immoral to expect people to live this way for the sole purpose of achieving a weight that happens to be what our society considers attractive at this point in time.

2. Why do you support Fattitude the movie?

This movie is absolutely crucial because it shows the cruelty and dangers of weight bias, which is just as damaging — and just as contemptible — as any other form of discrimination. Fattitude should incite people to rebel against the ridiculous social pressures to squeeze themselves into a very narrow mold, and will instead help us celebrate the beautiful variety.

3. What do the people “back home” think of the work you do?

They are proud of me. They can’t stop telling all their friends about my work and my book. Alas, the one person who would be proudest of me — my mom — died a few years ago. She was a lifelong yoyo dieter and would have been so comforted by all of this. And would have loved Fattitude!

4. Sweet or savory?

SWEET! My god, marshmallow peeps, rice krispie treats, anything with sugar I love. And then SAVORY!  Why choose? Salty caramel for all…

How awesome is Dr. Mann? She is intelligent, compassionate, sincere and funny! Plus, she totally “gets it!” We are so happy we are getting the chance to learn about her and her work and that she was willing to participate in our Big Fat Summer of Love! #bfsol

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2 thoughts on “SPOTLIGHT: Body Love Badass Dr. Traci Mann

  1. Reblogged this on A Corner of My Mind and commented:
    This interview really resonated with me, a yoyo dieter from childhood. Growing up in an extremely critical and very loving family, I strove to live up to my parents’ and family’s expectations. I remember being about 12 and eating a piece of cheese, and my brother saying, “Cheese is very fattening.” He loved to tease me as all big brothers do, and I thought he was just giving me a bad time. But he showed me some proof. There began my illicit affair with cheese. To this day, guilt plagues me when I eat it.
    Thanks for presenting the information in your interview with Dr. Mann. I try to tell people we are born being a mesomorph, ectomorph or endomorph, but now I have some ammunition that may make more of an impact. Dr. Mann said in your interview: “For years I have been studying the science of weight loss and obesity, and the evidence shows that weight is primarily genetically determined and the extent to which people can alter it is limited. Trying to live at a weight way below one’s genetic range is a recipe for misery and failure as it basically means living as if you are biologically starving. I think it is immoral to expect people to live this way for the sole purpose of achieving a weight that happens to be what our society considers attractive at this point in time.”

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