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Sept. 2, 2021

010: The Bikini Industrial Complex

010: The Bikini Industrial Complex

How many times have you been stigmatized, bullied, or discriminated against because of your weight?

Women of all shapes and sizes are constantly told that in order to fit in, to have value in our society, they have to conform to an unachievable cultural ideal. And it’s the Bikini Industrial Complex that keeps us trapped in this never-ending pursuit of perfect.

In this episode, you’ll hear about:

  • What the Bikini Industrial Complex is and how it negatively impacts your health
  • How damaging the BMI is
  • The many ways women in larger bodies are discriminated against
  • How to rally against the Bikini Industrial Complex

The key here is to remember that your body is never the enemy, the Bikini Industrial Complex is.

Learn more about the Bikini Industrial Complex in Emily and Amelia Nagoski’s book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. 

You can also read the 2003 study of primary care physicians attitudes towards obese patients here:

Foster GD, Wadden TA, Makris AP, Davidson D, Sanderson RS, Allison DB, et al. Primary care physicians’ attitudes about obesity and its treatment. Obes Res. 2003 Oct;11(10):1168–77