The Body Myth with Ronit Plank & Guests

From coast-to-coast women grow up with their bodies being watched and, almost without fail, learning to watch their own bodies. This self-surveillance begins young and for many women feels impossible to stop. It permeates our relationships and decisions, negatively impacts our physical wellbeing, mental health, and overall quality of life. The Body Myth podcast features conversations with women about when they first began judging themselves, how that has impacted their lives, and what theyโ€™ve come to understand about their bodies and the world. Each episode explores how we got here, why our size and shape has nothing to do with happiness, and what we can do to find body peace.


The Body Myth - Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder and Embracing Body Acceptance ft. Amy Scheiner

Overcoming False Images of Perfection ft. Simi Krishnan

Amy Scheiner joins The Body Myth for a conversation about having bariatric surgery at age 17 and its consequences, her experience with binge eating disorder, how 1990โ€™s body image and diet culture impacted her sense of self, the disconnect between the mental health and medical systems, the memoir sheโ€™s written and how sheโ€™s helping others share their body stories.

Also in this episode:

  • Growing up hearing relatives disparage her size
  • The connection between autoimmune and eating disorders
  • Why some facilities for eating disorders can make them worse

About The Host

Ronitโ€™s essays and fiction have been featured in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Iowa Review, The Washington Post, Writerโ€™s Digest, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir WHEN SHE COMES BACK about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was named Finalist in both the 2021 Best Book Awards and the 2021 Book of the Year Award and a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot. Her short story collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE won Hidden River Artsโ€™ 2020 Eludia Award and will be published in 2022. She is host and producer of the podcasts And Then Everything Changed and The Body Myth.

More about WHEN SHE COMES BACK, a memoir.

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