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Diet culture

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Do diets work? It's a question people have been asking for decades, and one "Take Care" is exploring this week with the help of nutritionists, authors and activists. Turns out, the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Our first guest is Traci Mann, professor of social and health psychology at the University of Minnesota. Mann is also principal investigator of the Health and Eating Laboratory at the university. Her time there has led to the book "Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, The Myth of Willpower and Why You Should Never Diet Again." She shares her insight on dieting and willpower.

We then examine a recent diet trend: intermittent fasting. It's the practice of limiting when you eat during the day and sometimes how much you eat during those times. Keri Gans is a registered dietitian nutritionist, nutritional consultant and author of "The Small Change Diet." She unpacks some of the most popular ways of fasting and why she might suggest different options.

#LoseHateNotWeight is a movement started by author and activist Virgie Tovar. Tovar's an expert on weight-based discrimination and the author of "You Have the Right to Remain Fat." By calling out the realities of weight-based discrimination, she's cultivated a community that's setting new benchmarks for how we treat people -- an inclusive space where diet culture is not welcome.

WRVO's Ellen Abbott brings us the story of a doctor and physician assistant who marry food and healthcare with cooking classes. And for the lastest in health: traffic light food labeling and why it's used in weight loss apps. Join us this Sunday, November 24 at 7 p.m. with a second airing on Friday, November 29 at 1 p.m.