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July 21st, 2016
Episode 888 of 903 episodes
Before heroin chic, before #thinspo and #fitspo, before Oprah Winfrey wheeled a wagon full of fat out to a live studio audience and before the Paleo diet craze, Susie Orbach wroteFat is a Feminist Issue. A lot has changed since that bestselling feminist classic was published back in 1978. For one thing, a lot more people – womenandmen – are a lot larger, both here in Australia and in Orbach’s native UK. But there’s a lot that hasn’t changed, too. Our bodies, and what we choose to put in them, remain an ongoing source of anxiety. Orbach has continued to cast a critical eye over issues of food, fat and feminism in the years since she authored that iconic text. A practising psychotherapist as well as a writer, her books have also explored related topics including sex and emotional literacy. Joined by host Kaz Cooke, Orbach talks about psychotherapy, feminism and our love/hate relationship with food. Editor's note: in this recording, Kaz Cooke states that Oprah Winfrey owns a 50% in WeightWatchers; at publication time, the correct figure is 10%.