Ep.74 – Breaking Free From Diet ‘Cult’ure & Embracing Health At Every Size | Tara Wike – Part 1

Plans have changed and the ‘cult’ure series isn’t wrapping just yet! Back after another long break, Candice shares why she’s decided to keep at it; then she lays the foundation for this week’s convo. Originally recorded as a Patreon bonus, Candice and wingwoman, Tracy Stamper, welcome special guest Tara Wike to the pod for a two-part deconstruction of diet ‘cult’ure. In Part 1, Tara shares a bit about her personal background, time spent teaching and training with ‘the Org,’ and the wake-up call that led her into a path of recovery around disordered eating. Topics discussed include: healthism, orthorexia, intuitive eating, how systemic biases shape definitions of ‘health’, and how Tara is now bringing a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach to her personal and professional endeavors. And stick around to the end, because Tara’s wisdom is timely. Candice expresses some in-real-time raw emotion, sharing a peek into her own disordered eating and revealing how Tara’s honesty & openness has been a real wake-up call. Part 2 drops next week.

Tara Wike (she/her) is an American expat living in Denmark with her husband and son. She is a leader in the design organization at The LEGO Group, and moonlights teaching Org-inspired movement classes, having recently left the Org after decades of practice. In both work and private life, Tara is passionate about creating inclusive products and experiences. Her recent recovery from disordered eating has inspired her to actively support body diversity and fight anti-fat bias, both in fitness spaces and in the broader culture.

January 3, 2024

Referenced In This Episode:


  • We Have to Stop Thinking of Being ‘Healthy’ as Being Morally Better, Aubrey Gordon
  • The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Conspirituality: How New Age Conspiracy Theories Became a Health Threat, Beres, Remski, & Walker
  • Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, Lindo Bacon
  • Intuitive Eating, A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole

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