Is BMI BS? w/ Rebecca Scritchfield

In this episode, we interview national nutrition expert Rebecca Scritchfield and get her thoughts on the Body Mass Index (BMI) measure and what it means for our health. Rebecca is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. Through her weight-inclusive counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests. 

Rebecca aims to develop self-compassion in place of shame by rejecting the rules of diet culture and the pervasive myth that to achieve better health one must lose weight. Using her Body Kindness philosophy, Rebecca mentors registered dietitians and supports women from around the world in collaborative, online learning spaces free from unhelpful diet chatter and negative body talk.  We both have Rebecca’s book and absolutely love her. It was such a treat to get to interview her (again!) on the podcast this week.
 In this episode, we will cover: 
  • Rebecca’s thoughts on the validity of BMI. Is it BS? 
  • The relationship between BMI, health, and disease
  • Can you be at a high BMI and still be healthy? How about vice-versa?
  • Cultural factors that change how BMI should be interpreted
  • Rebecca’s thoughts on weight stigma, and what to do when your doctor comments on your weight and recommends weight loss
  • How to take care of ourselves without focusing on BMI
  • & MORE



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