Body Kindness Podcast Production

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Hi, I'm Rebecca, host of the Body Kindness podcast, in its fourth season. 

The podcast is FREE for everyone. Listeners are working on breaking free from body shame, dieting, and eating disorders, helping their kids grow up with body kindness (while still evolving themselves), setting boundaries with doctors, families and friends, and pretty much doing everything they can to resist judgment and shame around health, weight, and shape.  

Throughout the 100+ episodes, I have received some of the most heartwarming messages from listeners... everything from "I finally got the courage to stop dieting and be good to myself"  to "I had my first orgasm at 45!"  

I'm really proud of the show's evolution, tackling systemic issues that influence our well-being, such as race with bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo, and racial disparities in pregnancy and postpartum with Miriam Zoila Perez "the radical doula".  

After more than three years at this, I've learned that the time and money costs are significant and most people really don't know what it takes to podcast consistently.

At the encouragement of a friend, I'm posting this request for contributions to help keep Body Kindness up for 2019. (And seriously, I don't care if it's $5... it matters to me!)

What It Takes to Run the Body Kindness Podcast

Each episode takes at least 4 hours of my time (research topics, prepare for and conduct interviews, communicate with production team, listen to rough cut and provide edits, listen to final cut, write the show notes, and share on social media.) 

In addition, I have out of pocket costs that include: hardware, software, producer, editing team, co-host stipend (I pay Bernie for his episodes, though he is worth 10Xs what he gets.) I have estimated that I spend $600-800 a month out of pocket on actual expenses to keep it running. If I put out fewer shows, most of my expenses remain because they are flat, but I save a little on hourly rate production costs.  

It's critical to me to continue providing FREE content in the podcast. While it's not a replacement for in-person support, I've heard from helping professionals and clients that the shows are significantly improving well-being and helping people move away from dieting practices and poor body image. One listener e-mailed me to say it's her "weekly morning coffee date with Rebecca". I love that. 

I estimate based on downloads and social media reach the Body Kindness podcast is reaching 80K+ people a month! (That's a big impact... and I plan to keep it growing!)

Supporting Do-Gooders, Solopreneurs, and People With a Purpose

I prefer to avoid typical "paid ads". Frankly, the systems in place favor of big brands, not the podcaster. And do we really need another marketing ad? 

I'd rather give space to "people with a purpose" -- people who are doing GREAT things and could use a boost spreading the word through the podcast and all the social media that comes with it. 

One example is my neighbor. Her daughter is friends with mine. We learned that she had a sister with a terminal illness. Now, the mom has a non-profit in her daughter's name that helps other families. I'd rather support her cause through the show than advertising that doesn't really mean anything to me. 

So, I'm hoping to get a boost of funding through the power of community -- and I'm grateful to everyone who can share this message or donate themselves.

How You Can Help

If you are a listener or like my work, give anything you can to my Body Kindness podcast cause. It all helps. 

How Can I Thank You? 

I'd love to recognize you as a donor on the podcast page, an upcoming episode, and donate an ad space to a person with a purpose. 

After you donate, shoot me an email about how I can help recognize your contribution. (Rebecca at Body Kindness Book dot com) 

Thank you, again, for supporting this podcast. It's a passion project of mine. I love doing it. And I'd love even more to continue with an uplifted heart from your generosity.

With gratitude, 
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Podcast 125: Kurbo Weight Watchers App for Kids is Upsetting Parents and Professionals


Not OK, not even a LITTLE, weight watchers... I'm sick over this. Kids can learn positive self care habits from parents and loving people, not tech apps rooted in body shame. I'm committed to fighting for kids' well-being. Diet culture cannot win.

Here's why Kurbo is anything but healthy for kids....

Before and after pic of a child with "results not typical" centering weight loss and "I feel like I could run a million laps!" (hello, over exercise and valuing a result the child isn't likely to achieve!) Hook 'em early on diets and body shame... (find this on my IG @rebeccascritchfield and IG stories!)
Movement education features a round red raisin sweating, running on a hamster wheel, chasing a carrot. (not even joking)
A game that asks you to compare foods, erasing "bad food" (including one where you had to choose between a fresh apple and UNSWEETENED apple sauce) -- what?! My girls get both of these -- usually fresh apple slices at home when it's convenient to cut, share, and enjoy in one sitting at meal or snack time, and applesauce at school or after school care gymnastics, ballet, piano etc. You know, because they need ENERGY to move and play. Some of the other game comparisons included knowing that 1% milk was a "yellow light" food (despite that calcium remains a nutrient of concern for girls over 4 and boys 9-18 year per our national health and nutrition examination survey -- America's most robust assessment of meeting our nutrition needs). Almonds were another "yellow light" -- despite their plant based vitamins and minerals. Baked beans were a red light! Seriously? Beans are one of the most affordable, plant-based protein, fiber, and heart healthy foods recommended by pretty much everyone. They say this because baked beans are sweetened.
Policing individual foods as good or bad depending on their criteria (e.g. a hamburger). Just in case it isn't clear why this is unhelpful (I get that...) Healthy eating patterns are important, but labeling individual FOODS for anyone, especially KIDS, is really bad news. It goes against even what the American Academy of Pediatrics advises to prevent eating disorders (and "obesity") in kids. It's much more helpful to focus on "add in" and balance. A cheeseburger has nourishment -- protein, carbs, vitamins and there are options to add in fruits and veggies and milk to complete this meal. My girls love chicken nuggets and burgers and LOTS of foods. They LOVE candy and chocolate. It's my job to teach them positive eating habits and connection to foods they like -- not an app based on shame.
Kurbo even claims to reduce risk of eating disorders and yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a thorough position on preventing eating disorders in kids, including the evidence based links to dieting and eating disorders. Many of the "features" in this app are red flags when you compare to AAP guidelines.

I wrote about this for Washington Post last year when they were going to do a free teen weight loss program (they cancelled it after all!)

WW is a tech company, not a health company. They are not trying to help your kids, they are trying to hoodwink you into fee based coaching that upholds fat phobia and puts your kids at risk for poor body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders.

For good advice see a HAES informed health provider and listen to my podcast themes for helping parents model body kindness with their kids at any size. Episodes: 37, 91, 92, and 115 (links below)!

Podcast 37: Bringing Body Kindness in the Family with Leslie Schilling
Podcast 42: Intuitive Eating For Families, With Elyse Resch, Co-Author Of Intuitive Eating
Episode 91: Raising HAES – Body Kindness for families with Kristy Fassio
Episode 92: Talking About Food and Bodies in the Home with Anna Lutz, RDN
Podcast 115: Please Don’t Screw Up Our Kids! Part 1: A Conversation About Food, Weight and Body Image with Virginia Sole-Smith of Comfort Food Podcast
I also recommend the Intuitive Eating Workbook or teens! And of course, the guidance in body kindness can be modeled for kids in age appropriate ways. If you have questions about this or body kindness for kids and families, reply to let me know.

There are plenty of helpful health resources out there that don’t center weight loss as a desired and “healthy” outcome in your kids. Mental health **IS** health and lasting positive habits will grow from body kindness and strong mental health. THANK YOU for coming to my TED talk.
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Did you hear that burnout (at work) is now a medical syndrome? Not that we need another reason to be sick, but we can honor that the way we work work work is not good for our well-being. I have a two part interview with the authors of Burnout Emily and Amelia Nagoski. This is the new stress resilience book I'm using and recommending to clients.

Part 1 https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/2019/06/03/podcast-118-burnout-part-2-changing-your-relationship-to-your-madwoman-in-the-attic-with-emily-nagoski-and-amelia-nagoski/

Part 2

I am now doing transcripts which run $40-100 an episode. Please consider donating to support the show.
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In this two-part episode, fellow anti-diet mom Virginia Sole Smith and I discuss the ways in which culture sabotages parents, especially moms, by upholding unhelpful beliefs about food and weight. Virginia shares her rock bottom moment of what it took to finally give her daughter chocolate milk and why she had to unlearn much of what she learned from culture, her childhood, and her work as a writer and editor within the health and beauty industry. Swipe to see her “did she just say that to my kid” quote... and share yours in the comments below.

Please tune in to part two of our conversation on Virginia’s Comfort Food podcast.

**THANK YOU for any support you can give for this work.**

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It's a BIG day for me and the Body Kindness podcast. The research I conducted last summer with the research lab at UNC Charlotte is complete and we have data to share with you. We will be presenting it to a large interdisciplinary audience in medicine, helping professions and research. The focus of the research was for mindful self care in pregnancy and postpartum, but our podcast chat and advice we share is helpful to all. Please consider donating or sharing this campaign and THANK YOU for your support of my work and keeping Body Kindness podcast free for all. https://www.bodykindnessbook.com/2019/03/04/podcast-111-negative-body-image-depression-and-mindful-self-care-in-pregnancy-and-postpartum-with-dr-jennifer-webb
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