Isabel Foxen Duke is a force: she gets right at what she perceives is imprisoning women in the cycle of dieting and then, inevitably, binging. She fearlessly calls out restriction as the root cause of all binging, and discusses what is rarely talked about in the conversation about women and food: the possibility that our bodies have a weight that they want to be, and that trying to manipulate that will inevitably get us into trouble.
In this interview, we discuss:
- Why women are so afraid of gaining weight
- How thinness has become the ideal of attractiveness in our cultural milieu
- Why binging is a sign of health
- Is food really addictive?
- The difference between what Isabel teaches and “Intuitive Eating”
- How we can live surrounded by cultural stigma and still have a happy and fulfilling life
- And so much more.
Here’s Isabel’s bio: Isabel Foxen Duke is the Creator of Stop Fighting Food—a free video training program for women who want to “stop feeling crazy around food.” After years of trying to overcome emotional eating, binge-eating and chronic weight-cycling through traditional and alternative approaches, Isabel discovered some radical new ways to get women over their “food issues” once and for all—not just by shifting the mindsets of individuals, but by challenging the dominant diet culture as a whole. A fixture and thought-leader in the greater body-positive movement, Isabel has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, XOJane, and has been praised by Ricki Lake. Her writing and free guide, How To Not Eat Cake…really fast, standing up, when nobody’s looking, can be found at www.isabelfoxenduke.com and you can watch her free video training series at www.stopfightingfood.com.