#27: What do you stand up for?

with Michael Levine, PhD

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In this episode we discuss…

  • leslie and zoë’s friendship and podcast origin story

  • how a daily newsletter sharing research articles (run by Dr. michael levine) helped inspire the podcast

  • how to join the newsletter - by emailing levine@kenyon.edu and asking to join!

  • dr. levine’s background and how he became involved in eating disorder research, prevention, and advocacy

  • women who have been influential models and mentors for him

  • a listener question about how to speak with people in older generations about body positivity and related topics, especially involving unfamiliar language or concepts

  • dr. levine’s experience giving a presentation and identifying what beliefs people are willing to “stand up” for

  • his suggestions for communicating with others about values and beliefs around body positivity

  • why it’s necessary to challenge problematic beliefs about weight, shape, appearance, and health

  • changes he’s witnessed in his 35 years in the prevention field

  • the power of connecting with others around advocacy and a shared mission to prevent eating disorders/body image concerns, even if you start small

Dr. Michael Levine joins us to answer a listener question about how to discuss body-positive beliefs and values with family members from older generations. He also shares some of his insights from decades working in the eating disorder prevention field.

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Michael P. Levine, Ph.D., FAED, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught for 33 years (1979-2012). In the field of eating disorders his commitment to research, writing, and advocacy focuses on the intersection between sociocultural risk factors, prevention, community psychology, and developmental psychology. He has authored two books and three prevention curriculum guides, and he has co-edited three books on prevention. In August 2015, as co-editor with his long-time collaborator and colleague Dr. Linda Smolak, he published a two-volume Handbook of Eating Disorders (Wiley & Sons Publishing). He and Dr. Smolak are currently working on a second, updated edition of their 2006 book The Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders (Erlbaum/Routledge/Taylor & Francis). In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 110 articles and book chapters, and he has presented his work throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Spain, Austria, and Australia.

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Levine Prevention/Sociocultural Factors TinyLetter email group is welcome to contact him at levine@kenyon.edu.

Download examples of slides mentioned by Dr. Levine in this episode here, here, and here.

Jordan Best