The best body positive podcasts are always on rotation in my podcast player and I want to share my complete list of recommended podcasts with you.
These podcasts cover topics such as Health at Every Size (HAES), body positivity, fat positivity, fat acceptance, intuitive eating, and joyful movement.
Note: I have vetted these podcasts as being free of weight loss promotion to the best of my ability. If your find that one here does promote weight loss, please let me know and I will remove it!
Meredith’s personal favorites
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Health at Every Size Podcasts (17)
Host: Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN
Christy is one of the best. She is a journalist as well as a Registered Dietician who specializes in Health at Every Size, intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery. Each episode she speaks to a new guest and digs into their story about their relationship with food, starting in childhood.
Christy is a talented and compassionate interviewer who creates an incredibly safe environment where people feel comfortable being vulnerable.
Hosts: Aaron Flores, RD and Glenys Oyston, RD
I love this podcast so much that I pretty much immediately listen to episodes the moment they come out! They often take news relevant to HAES and add their own commentary. I really appreciate that both Glenys and Aaron are RDs and thus very knowledgeable, but I also just enjoy them as a hosting duo. They are both interesting and fun to listen to.
Host: Julie Duffy Dillon, RD
I really love this podcast. In each episode, Julie reads a listener’s letter about a particular struggle with food. Then she offers assistance, periodically bringing on guests to assist. At the end of each podcast, “Food” replies to the letter. Julie is so warm and compassionate that I feel as though I’ve been wrapped in a warm blanket and given some hot tea each time I listen.
Host: Meret Boxler
Meret is a wonderful member of the Health At Every Size community who has decided to apply her extensive experience as a radio host in Switzerland to creating a podcast. She is a very skilled interviewer who finds fascinating people in the community to interview, and isn’t scared to share her own vulnerabilities with the audience.
This podcast has a slightly different vibe than many of the other Health At Every Size podcasts because Meret is not a practitioner, just a regular person who has been working on recovery from disordered eating for a few years. As a result you feel like you’re learning right along with her.
Host: Summer Innanen
My entrée into HAES was through Summer — her Facebook group (join if you haven’t already, it’s awesome), her website, and this podcast. Summer is edgy and raw, urging women to embrace their true selves while interviewing spectacular guests about all things HAES, intuitive eating, and body love.
Host: Jessi Haggerty
Jessi is both an RD and a personal trainer and while her podcast is relatively new, she burst out of the gates really strongly. I started listening to her episodes and was instantly really into her interviews. She takes the time to ask professionals for what advice they give the clients they see in their practice, which I find particularly helpful. I’m looking forward to hearing more from her.
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Host: Daria Matza
Daria dove in head-first in this podcast—right from its earliest episodes it has featured the biggest thought-leaders in the Health At Every Size world, including Lucy Aphramor (co-author of Body Respect, Dana Sturtevant & Hilary Kinavey (my mentors at Be Nourished), and Evelyn Tribole (co-author of Intuitive Eating). Daria is an excellent interviewer; her interview with Lucy Aphramor is one of my favorites of all time.
Host: Louise Adams
Louise is a prominent HAES psychologist in Australia, and she is knocking it out of the park with this podcast as she has conversations with other Aussie luminaries in the field. This pod is a fantastic combination of fun conversation and useful information.
I love how they shine a critical lens on parts of our culture that often go without scrutiny.
Host: Sarah Thompson and DeAun Nelson, ND
In this podcast, my colleagues Sarah (an East-Asian medicine student) and DeAun (a naturopath) take on HAES from a medical perspective, speaking directly to medical providers on topics like weight bias and the “war on obesity”. They ask, “what is possible in health care when we shift the focus off of weight?”. Even though their target audience is professionals, laypeople who like well-sourced HAES evidence will also enjoy this pod!
Host: Paige Smathers
Paige is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with some fantastic episodes in her archive. My favorites have included her takedown of the “documentary” What The Health (#73) and her interview with Gloria Lucas of Nalgona Positivity Pride, a Xicana-Brown*-Indigenous project that focuses on intersectional body positivity, eating disorders awareness, and cultural affirmation (#79). I really appreciate that Paige constantly pushes herself to learn and grow in this work, and by extension encourages her audience to do the same.
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Host: Sarah Vance
Sarah is both a coach and a registered nurse. She recovered from an eating disorder and is now a fierce Health At Every Size advocate who helps people reclaim themselves after struggles with disordered eating and poor body image. This is a long-form interview podcast, and sometimes Sarah does solo episodes. Sarah is fun and insightful, and she includes a diverse range of guests.
Host: Rebecca Scritchfield
Rebecca is an accomplished dietitian who is doing great work to spread the message of HAES. She covers a wide range of topics, but my favorites so far have been the ones focused on sexuality and body image (#31-35). Few others have touched on the value of embracing sexual pleasure as part of this journey, and I really appreciated that Rebecca went there!
Host: Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
Anne-Sophie is a coach who helps people recover from disordered eating and poor body image. She has interesting guests on and sometimes does solo episodes as well. My one critique is that Anne-Sophie sometimes sounds like she is focused on non-fat women; sometimes comments are made about “the last 10 pounds” or “feeling fat” and don’t take into consideration that others actually are fat.
Host: Caroline Dooner
Caroline is hilarious! I love her off-beat personality, and I love that she merges her life as an actor and performer with the podcast (she is an awesome ukelele player and songwriter)! She is also the creator of an online program called the Fuck It Diet and brings a wealth of knowledge to share with Fuckiteers in this show.
Body Positivity & Fat Acceptance Podcasts (8)
Ash, who identifies as a super-fat woman, has created a wonderful podcast as well as YouTube channel talking about fat activism and fat acceptance. She is really insightful, well-spoken, and knowledgeable; I have learned a lot by listening to her experiences as well as those of her guests.
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Hosts: April K. Quioh and Sophia Carter-Kahn
I am LOVING this podcast. It roughly is the podcast that’s been in my head to create for about a year now, but never quite came to fruition. April and Sophia are two fat peeps from LA and have created an awesome show with tons of fun segments discussing fatness. They include a lot of pop culture (e.g., on one episode they discussed the books they read as kids who had fat protagonists) and are starting to include interviews as well.
The production quality of this podcast is HIGH, and April and Sophia are wonderful writers with fabulous chemistry. There is nothing not to love here.
Hosts: KC & Ariel
KC Slack & Ariel Woodson are friends and radical fat activists who come together to discuss topics related to fat acceptance. Both have a lot of experience in these spaces and emphasize intersectional fat identities beyond the standard white, size 16, hourglass-figured fat women — such as those of superfat people, people of color, differently-abled people, and queer people. This is a very casual podcast, with frequent moments of silliness and with no defined length — one episode even went for 2 hours! If you’re cool with this, dive in and learn from their perspectives!
Host: Lillian Bustle and Liza Poor
This one is awesome, and so funny. I always feel like I’m just a fly on the wall listening in while Lillian and Liza have a chat over coffee. They tend to talk about current issues related to body positivity and fat activism, and typically cover a variety of topics in each show.
Host: Cat Pausé
This is a true fat activism podcast. Cat is a fat studies lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand and brings intellectualism to her commentary and interviews. I don’t know much about the field of fat studies but I find it fascinating, and I appreciate being able to get a better understanding of it through this show.
Joyful Movement Podcasts (2)
What a sad category — only two! If anyone knows of others in this vein, please contact me!
Host: Anna Guest-Jelley
Anna Guest-Jelley is so wonderful. I had the pleasure of taking part in a retreat that she co-hosted and experienced her calm, confident wisdom in person. She carries those qualities through to this podcast, which is full of thoughtful stories and ideas about connecting with one’s body. I am not a yogi personally but I still enjoy her episodes because they are really more about tuning in to one’s body and being mindful in one’s life.
Host: Aja Yasir
This podcast focuses on serving voluptuous/fat/curvy/plus-sized runners—but the topics Aja covers are far wider than just running. Her guests have ranged from fat activists to personal trainers to Linda Bacon herself (author of Health At Every Size and Body Respect). She describes still being a little on the fence about HAES, but she definitely doesn’t promote intentional weight loss and is all about helping plus-sized athletes feel great in their bodies.
Lifestyle Podcasts — HAES-friendly (3)
Podcasts covering these topics are typically tricky waters for those of us who believe in a non-diet approach to health. Thankfully, there are a few whose hosts are subscribers to Health at Every Size philosophies. While not every episode is about HAES, some are, and you’re unlikely to be triggered by conversations about food rules and weight loss in the others.
Host: Jess Lively
Jess is a life coach that helps people honor their values and live life with intention. Her podcast covers a wide range of topics, including relationships, careers, travel, and more. She is resolutely anti-diet and has interviewed guests such as Isabel Foxen Duke, a popular non-diet coach. It is unlikely that you’ll encounter triggering diet talk here, so consider it a safe space if you’re interested in the rest of her lifestyle content.
Host: Katie Dalebout
Katie is a sweetheart. She used to struggle with orthorexia (an obsession with clean eating), but discovered Health At Every Size and now weaves the philosophy into her podcast content, often discussing body image, intuitive eating, and related topics with prominent Health At Every Size and body love advocates. I’ve put her in this category because her podcast covers a host of other lifestyle topics as well, from spirituality to relationships to creativity.
Host: Madelyn (Maddy) Moon
Maddy is a former fitness model who now believes in Health At Every Size. I really appreciate her upbeat, positive, earnest, and curious nature, which makes podcast a pleasure to listen to. She is also quite a skilled interviewer, which I appreciate: she asks good questions and lets the focal point of the interview be her guest, while still interjecting her own ideas and opinions. She has attracted a wonderfully diverse set of people over the months. If you’re in your teens or twenties, I feel that Maddy’s podcast may be of particular interest; she is fairly young herself and thus is likely to be really relatable!