September 16, 2021

Weight: Is Fat Unhealthy?

by Science Vs

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We’re hearing nonstop chatter about the “quarantine 15.” But should we really care if we put on weight? Is fat bad for us? We talk to Prof. Henry Blackburn, Assoc. Prof. Laura den Hartigh, and Assoc. Prof. A. Janet Tomiyama. 

Here’s a link to our transcript:

Note: In this episode we discuss weight, weight loss, and weight stigma. Please take care when listening, and here are some resources:

  • U.S. helpline for the National Eating Disorders Association: 800-931-2237
  • SAMHSA's National Helpline US: 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). 
  • Find other resources at:

This episode was produced by Rose Rimler, with help from Michelle Dang, Ekedi Fausther-Keeys, Meryl Horn, and Nick DelRose. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Our executive producer is Wendy Zukerman. Fact checking by Diane Kelly. Mix and sound design by Bumi Hidaka. Music written by Bumi Hidaka, Peter Leonard, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord.