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Breaking Down the ‘Wellness-Industrial Complex,’ an Episode at a Time

Breaking Down the ‘Wellness-Industrial Complex,’ an Episode at a Time

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Aubrey Gordon collects vintage diet books. She has amassed almost 100 titles, including the 1973 volume “Slimming Down,” written by Johnny Carson’s sidekick, Ed McMahon. “Slimming Down” — which featured chapter titles like “The Breadstick Conspiracy” and “Two Martinis Into Connecticut” — is the book that began Ms. Gordon’s collection.And while the idea of mixology as nutritional strategy might seem absurd to a reader today, Ms. Gordon said that so much of the current thinking about what is now known as wellness is just as “hilarious and wacky.”On the podcast “Maintenance Phase,” named after the concept of sustaining post-diet weight loss, Ms. Gordon and the journalist Michael Hobbes spend each episode exploring what they call the “wellness-industrial complex,” debunking health fads and nut...
‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

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SAN FRANCISCO — Wagner was the worst. Five hours — sometimes more — of squirming in 1932-era seats at the War Memorial Opera House here, sinking into lumpy, dusty cushions, suffering the bulge of the springs and the pinch of the wide armrests, craning for a glimpse of the stage around the head of the tall person one row ahead.“Particularly on a long opera — oh my God,” said Tapan Bhat, a tech executive and a season-ticket holder at the San Francisco Opera since 1996.When the San Francisco Opera opens Saturday, starting its scaled-back 99th season with Puccini’s “Tosca” after a shutdown of more than a year, those punishing seats will be gone. The opera has used its forced sabbatical to complete a long-planned $3.53 million project to replace all 3,128 seats with more comfortable, roomier on...
Plane Crash Complicates HBO Max Documentary on Diet-Inspired Church

Plane Crash Complicates HBO Max Documentary on Diet-Inspired Church

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On May 29, a single-pilot jet plane crashed into a lake near Nashville, killing all seven people on board. Among them were Gwen Shamblin Lara, a weight-loss guru and the founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church of Brentwood, Tenn., and her husband, William Lara, who was known as Joe and had once portrayed Tarzan in both a television series and the movie “Tarzan in Manhattan.”The leader of a midsize congregation, Ms. Lara, 66, had for the past several years been the main subject of a documentary project that sought to get beyond the gilded veneer of the Remnant Fellowship and investigate its inner workings. Set to debut on HBO Max in the fall, the multi-episode project, “The Way Down,” details the church’s origin in Ms. Lara’s religious-based weight-loss program, the Weigh Down Workshop.The...
It’s OK Our Bodies Have Changed During the Pandemic

It’s OK Our Bodies Have Changed During the Pandemic

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If your own mind is spitting out negative thoughts on its own, try practicing “thought stopping,” a technique often used in cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Cox said. When a negative thought about your body pops into your brain, say “stop.” Then, mindfully replace that thought with a positive one. For example: If you’re standing in front of the mirror, zeroed in on your belly fat, stop that thought and remind yourself that your body carried a baby, or has run marathons or allows you to haul mulch in your garden.Be aware: It’s not just personal.Diet culture is everywhere. For example, the terms “quarantine 15” or “the Covid 19.” These terms of weight gain pushed the idea on social media and popular culture sites that, amid mass illness and unemployment and other pandemic woes, one aspect w...
Lena Dunham Debuts Plus-Sized Clothing Line

Lena Dunham Debuts Plus-Sized Clothing Line

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“It doesn’t mean I haven’t felt a lot of body hatred in lockdown,” she said. She is not a fan of some current terminology, of words like “plus” or “curve” or “body positive.”“The thing that’s complicated about the body positive movement,” she said, “is it can be for the privileged few who have a body that looks the way people want to feel positive. We want curvy bodies that look like Kim Kardashian has been up-sized slightly. We want big beautiful butts and big beautiful breasts and no cellulite and faces that look like you could smack them on to thin women.”“I have a big stomach, I always have. That’s where I gain my weight — especially after early menopause, I have a straight-up gut, like an old man — and that’s not where anybody wants to see flesh. It’s not like if I posted a sensual nu...
Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness

Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness

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One Saturday morning last month, Action Bronson was on the water at 7, staring down one burly wave after the next. Paddling around on a bodyboard, he was at Skudin Surf at American Dream, a 1.5 million-gallon wave pool in the middle of a three-million-square-foot mall and entertainment complex — a little touch of Dubai in East Rutherford, N.J.The walls at the pool’s deep end are gridded with letters and numbers, and Will Skudin, Bronson’s friend and one of the top big-wave surfers on the planet, barked over the loudspeaker, “The energy is at 6A!”Action Bronson — rapper, chef, TV host and, for the last year, a fervent convert to fitness — quickly paddled his way to the appointed spot. A siren rang out to indicate that the wave was coming, and 10 seconds later the water behind him bulked up ...