The podcast series À plat belly: la culture des diètes avec Loounie, hosted by Caroline Huard and produced by KOTV, wins the 13th Prix ÉquiLibre. Awarded by the organization of the same name, following a public vote, this award aims to highlight Quebec initiatives that have successfully promoted the acceptance of body diversity.
Available on Radio-Canada’s OHdio platform since January 2022, this podcast takes the form of a personal quest, the one Caroline Huard embarked on to understand the effects of diet culture and free herself from it. “For me, diet culture is everything that ever since I was little I felt like a bad person because I didn’t have a flat stomach,” she explains. at the start of the first episode. It’s also all the thoughts that say I’m doing something wrong if I can’t lose weight. And everything that tells me that not being fat would be more important than my health and even my well-being. And that, we agree that it does not make sense. »
The former occupational therapist, who has become a creator of vegan recipes, discusses the subject with several guests, including psychologist Janick Coutu, nutritionists Catherine Lefebvre and Julia Lévy-Ndejuru, photographer and anti-fatphobia activist Julie Artacho as well as the professor in the Department of Medicine from Université Laval Benoit Arsenault.
The other finalist projects for this award were the Instagram account @_sonia_tremblay, hosted by Sonia Tremblay, the show Des bons mots, thought and hosted by Gabrielle Morissette and produced by MAtv Québec, the children’s book Le jolie bedon rond de Marion, written by Renee Wilkin and illustrated by Annie Boulanger as well as the series of video clips La grossophobia, produced by Arrimage Estrie.