Rebel Eaters Club

By Transmitter Media & Virgie Tovar

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 Mar 16, 2020


If you’re one of the millions of people who are struggling to survive in a culture that’s obsessed with weight loss, the way a Rebel Eater lives her life might sound like a revolution. In this world, pizza is not the enemy, and we love the bodies we have right now! Hosted by Virgie Tovar, a writer and activist, and one of the nation's leading speakers on weight-based discrimination and body image.

Episode Date
Trails Not Scales with Fat Girls Hiking

Virgie and Summer talk about fat erasure from fitness spaces, the new (fat positive!) rules of hiking, and the simple joy of petting moss. 

Topics include:

Empowerment through Hiking [02:40]
“Fat Time” [05:05]
Nature/Body Parallels [07:36]
Fitness Trauma [10:58]
How Summer Reclaimed Nature [13:22]
Fat Girls Hiking [17:59]
Redefining “Hiking” [19:45]
The Fat Girls Hiking Community [23:30]
The Tool of Being in Nature [25:19]

For more of Summer’s work, follow her @fatgirlshiking and buy her new book "Fat Girls Hiking." For more Rebel Eaters Club, follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods for updates! And be sure to visit to download your starter pack if you haven't already!

May 24, 2022
How to Raise Food-Positive Kids with Ginny Jones

Parents can often trigger their kids so easily and without meaning to, especially when it comes to food and weight. Parenting coach Ginny Jones tells us how parents can learn how to raise food-positive kids — and how we all can heal after growing up in a fatphobic or food-restrictive environment.

May 17, 2022
Presenting: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter - Season 2

We're excited to share a sneak peek of the new season of Body Stuff with Doctor Jen Gunter! 

Like Rebel Eaters Club, Dr. Jen Gunter takes apart the stickiest myths around personal health out there, which are often sold to us by companies and wrapped up in bogus science. And she reveals how our bodies REALLY work. This season she's covering a lot of topics I'm really interested in like metabolism myths, sleep, and more! To hear more, including the first episode of the season which is all about smell, follow Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter wherever you're listening to this. 

May 11, 2022
The Punk Art of Saying F-U to Diet Culture

Vishinna Turner tells Virgie about growing up fat, Black, and punk in Fresno, CA. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy! But Vishinna also shares how art and friendship saved her life and helped her on the path to self love.

Topics include:

Creme Brulee [01:58]
Pressure to Fit In [04:37]
Growing Up In Fresno [06:57]
Finding Yourself with Punk Music [10:01]
“Being Yourself at the Buffet” [14:54]
Fat Representation [16:34]
“Fat Girl Tears” [19:15]
Being True to Yourself [27:05]

Learn more about Vishinna’s band Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries and listen to their music at And check out Vishinna’s other band Squid Ink! at Follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods to stay up to date on all things Rebel Eaters Club. And make sure to visit to download your starter pack if you haven’t already!

May 10, 2022
Fat and Happy with Laurie Santos

Virgie and Laurie unpack harmful happiness myths like "the perfect body" that contribute to diet culture, and Laurie tells Virgie how the science of happiness can be used to fight them.

Topics include: 

Harry & David Pears [01:20]
City of Angels (1998) [03:54]
The “Arrival Fallacy” [11:38]
Hedonic Adaptation [17:50]
Science of Happiness [20:38]
The Tool of Self-Compassion [31:34]

You can find more of Laurie’s work on social media @lauriesantos or through her podcast ‘The Happiness Lab.’ Follow @virgietovar and @transmitterpods to stay up to date on all things Rebel Eaters Club. And make sure to visit to download your Rebel Eaters Club starter pack!

May 03, 2022
Season 3 Appetizer

Rebel Eaters Club Season 3 is coming May 3. Get ready for more laughter, body positivity wisdom and snacks, of course. Here’s a little treat till then: a listener question around building fat community that Isabel Foxen Duke helps me answer. You’ll hear more of her and so many other fantastic Rebel Eaters this season.

Apr 05, 2022
Your Magic: Virgie on the Power of Pleasure

Virgie was a guest on another show we think you’ll enjoy: Your Magic. And we have an update on Season 3!

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it's a sign of strength. In this episode of Your Magic, activist, speaker, teacher, and writer Virgie Tovar joins host Michelle Tea for a conversation about the magic of science, the dangers of diet culture, and the power of pleasure. Then, Bran Taylor helps us turn our emotions into powerful energy for change with a spell.

Mar 07, 2022
Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

We're excited to share another show we think you'll enjoy: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter, from the TED Audio Collective. 

Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. We're playing episode one for you today, and if you like what you hear, you can get more episodes of Body Stuff by following the show wherever you're listening to this.

May 26, 2021
The Search for the Queerest Food

Team Rebel Eaters Club is excited to share an episode of a podcast we think you'll like from our friends at America's Test Kitchen.

Proof is a podcast that explores the weird and surprising backstories about food. In this episode, an epic journey into a curious, unexamined corner of the food world.

In John Birdsall’s 2014 article, "America, Your Food is so Gay,” he describes a particularly indulgent cheese burger as "unflinchingly queer.” For reporter Chad Chenail, this sparked a journey of self-discovery through queer theory, all in an attempt to answer the question: What is the Queerest food?

Apr 06, 2021
Bonus: In the Kitchen with Virgie

Virgie wants to make you a snack, a tasty Mexican bread pudding called Capirotada. As she prepares it, she walks you through the recipe and shares the mysterious history of the dish. She also answers listener questions while she creates some kitchen magic!

Mar 16, 2021
Eat with Friends with Angela Trakas

Food is a love language. In this season finale, Virgie and good friend Angela Trakas talk about the power of sharing a meal, and all the ways food has made their friendship stronger.

Feb 16, 2021
Eating 101 with Dr. Jennifer Brady

"Fill up your tummy!" says dietician Dr. Jennnifer Brady. Dietitians are not immune to fatphobia. It can seep into their training programs and -- ultimately -- the advice they give to patients. Virgie and dietician Jennifer Brady discuss this while savoring croissants and discussing the feminist history of home economics. 

Feb 09, 2021
Announcing... Rebel Eaters Club merch!

We’ll be back with a new episode next week. In the meantime, check out our merch and this season’s journal prompts on And take a few minutes to leave us a voicemail and let us know what you think of the season so far. Call us at (862) 231-5386.

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Feb 02, 2021
SPAM Will Survive the Apocalypse with Dr. Joanne Rondilla

Virgie and Joanne talk SPAM, Filipino food and trying to get their moms to share their most-prized recipes.

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Jan 26, 2021
Food is a Bridge with Francis Lam

Virgie and Francis explore the connections between diet culture and food shame for immigrants to the US, and Virgie discovers what the Chinese Exclusion Act, chop suey palaces, and Chinese-owned laundromats have in common.

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Jan 19, 2021
Debunking the BMI with Dr. Janet Tomiyama

The science is clear: diets don't work. So why is the medical establishment still so obsessed with them? Janet and Virgie break it down.

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Jan 12, 2021
Fatphobia (& Foodphobia) is Anti-Blackness with Da'Shaun Harrison

Virgie and Da'Shaun trace the roots of diet culture all the way back to slavery, talk about navigating the health care system as fat people of color, and explore what it looks like to find love and community.

Jan 05, 2021
Trailer: Make Food Your Friend Again

We’re back! Season 2 launches January 5th. More snacks, more rebellion, and more stories about why we eat what we eat. Guess what, it's complicated!

Dec 08, 2020
We're Having a Pajama Party!

Prep your best PJs for the Netflix Watch Party of your dreams. Watch Julie & Julia with us on Saturday, May 16th.

May 06, 2020
Bonus! The REC Mailbox

You've got questions, Virgie has answers.

We're hoping to make a second season of Rebel Eaters Club! And we want to know what YOU would love to hear in season 2. Leave us a voicemail at 862-231-5386 or send us an email at

Apr 20, 2020
Bonus! Live with "Chairbreaker" Caleb Luna

Caleb demands fat liberation.

Recorded at Rebel Eaters Club launch event at The Ruby in San Francisco.

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Apr 06, 2020
Food is Life with Soleil Ho

Soleil disrupts food writing.

In this episode, we’re talking about the role restaurants play in our relationship to food. It’s really important to acknowledge the hard time folks who work in the food and beverage industry are having right now. If you are able, check out the link below - it’s a good list of organizations helping restaurants, workers, and farmers in this tough time. If you have the ability, consider donating.

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Mar 30, 2020
Pleasure is Power with Shay Neary

Shay says food is a witness.

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Mar 23, 2020
Bye Bye Diets with Chef Fresh Roberson

Chef Fresh Roberson is tired of being a “good fatty.”

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Mar 16, 2020
Move and Eat for Fun with Dr. Deb Burgard

Deb plays with her food.

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Mar 09, 2020
U R Stardust with Bayley Van

Bayley loves herself.

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Mar 02, 2020
All Food is Good Food with Mia Feuer

Mia reunites with an old flame.

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Feb 24, 2020
Trailer: Join The Rebel Eaters Club

If you’re one of the millions of people who are struggling to survive in a culture that’s obsessed with weight loss, the way Virgie Tovar lives her life might sound like a revolution. Join the club, and download the starter pack at

Feb 12, 2020
Teaser: All Food is Good Food

Virgie Tovar is a fat woman of color who hated her body and was terrified of food for almost 20 years. All of that changed when she gave the finger to diet culture. Rebel Eaters Club launches on February 24th!

Jan 17, 2020