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Mom Genes The Podcast

Finding the right jeans is hard. Accepting your genes is even harder. Whether you wear boyfriend or bootcut, high rise or low rise, this podcast will teach you to accept and respect your Mom bod so you can love the genes you are in! Co-hosts Rachel Coleman, MFT and Tina LaBoy, RD use modern research to bust diet myths, explain the evidence based models of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size, and get real about body after baby. This podcast will take you on a journey of unpacking your old beliefs about food and weight to increase your confidence, learn to nourish your body, and raise body confident kids. So put on your favorite jeans, pull up a chair, and let’s talk Mom Genes.


This episode of Mom Genes was produced and edited by Rachel Coleman and Tina LaBoy. Thank you to Jerry DePizzo for the music production. You can find Epsidoe information and show notes at, follow us on Instagram @Momgenesthepodcast, and join the Mom Genes The Podcast FB group to find a community of Mamas learning to love their bodies and discussing the episodes.

Mar 23, 2021

The “Myth Busters” Series

This week we are diving into why the commonly used BMI scale is outdated and harmful by busting the myth that “the BMI is an effective measuring tool for health.” We cover the history of the Body Mass Index (BMI), which was created 200 years ago by studying a small group of white European men and then creating a tool that measured fit ness in order to categorize the population and prove that white males were a superior species during the height of race science.

In this episode, we go deeper into the history of the BMI creation, it’s racist roots, and explain how it became mainstream in our society today. We interview social and health psychologist Dr Jeffrey Hunger on how the BMI scale and weight stigma negatively impact people. We offer tools for families to use in their home to decrease weight stigma and ways to advocate for yourself and your children at the doctor’s office if BMI and weight is a focus of the medical care. The bottom line is that BMI was never intended as a measure of individual body fat, build, or health (or be inclusive to different genders and races).

Connect with Jeff:

Social: @DrHunger


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The information presented in this podcast does not replace individual therapy or nutrition recommendations.