If you think that only wealthy, young, Caucasian women suffer from eating disorders, think again.

If you think that only wealthy, young, Caucasian women suffer from eating disorders, think again.

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Could podcasts change the way the world thinks of eating and drinking? We’d like to think so. Hot new restaurants, celebrity chefs, and recipes all get plenty of play in food-and-beverage media. But here at The Four Top, we’d rather have a culinary conversation about sustainability, human rights, and culture. That’s why we are big fans of the Racist Sandwich podcast, which tackles heavy issues through the lens of food. 

Next: Why do nearly all media portrayals of anorexia depict well-to-do white females? Panelist Emilly Prado, who has written about the whitewashing of eating disorders for Marie Claire, kicks off a discussion of the universality of the condition of feeling pressured about body image. 

And finally, when a Silicon Valley startup claimed it would replace the bodega with a vending machine, a cultural uproar ensued. Ashley Duchemin fills us in.

Meet our panelists: Ashley Duchemin is a production manager at Bitch Media and producer of the “Popaganda” and “Backtalk” podcasts. Emilly Prado is a freelance journalist and photographer. And Juan Ramirez is the producer of the “Racist Sandwich” podcast. Our host is Katherine Cole.