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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 4, 2018

January 22-28, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Woman on diet has lost one and a half friends since start of January

by The Daily Mash

"As we head into crunch time, I plan to offer patronising dieting advice to anyone fatter than me. By April, I expect the social invitations to stop entirely.” *satire*


Worried about the kids? Fear of obesity is much more health-damaging than high weight itself. An interview with Dr Linda Bacon

by Ginny Jones

Help [your kids] see that their body is amazing because it houses them. Support them in learning to read their bodies, to trust themselves, to nourish themselves, body and soul.”


Why Don't Luxury Brands Want To Dress Fat People?

by Laurel Dickman

"Our clothing is as disposable as we are seen to be, likely to only make it a couple of seasons at most.”


When girls gain weight. Tips for parents.

by Rebelfit

"However you phrase it... Just keep reminding her... Weight gain at this time is.... PERFECTLY NORMAL. PERFECTLY HEALTHY. PERFECTLY WONDERFUL."


Bodies In Motion: The Complicated Relationship Between Fatness & Athleticism

by Kimberly Dark

“I lived cautiously, having embraced the story that a fat body was rather weak and socially useless. In private, intimate moments, I knew my body was a miracle.“


3 Tiny Ways Thin People Can Shift Their Language to Support Fat Acceptance

by Melissa Fabello

"Because fat is not a feeling – not technically. It’s a body type, an experience, and an identity. And associating it with every negative feeling that you have adds to weight stigma in the form of “Fat = Bad.”’


Dear Doctor, Meet Your Patient in a Larger Body

by Dr. Colleen Reichmann

"Dear Doctor, Pediatrician, Gastroenterologist, Cardiologist, or OBGYN,

The time is now."


A Formal Goodbye To Running, From Someone In Eating Disorder Recovery

by Samantha Faye

"I can use [my body] in a way that does not involve mindlessly pounding my feet against a conveyor belt w/ the same songs playing over & over again, just so digital numbers display my http://self-worth.You are not inherently bad, but you are bad for me."


In My Chronic Illness, I Found a Deeper Meaning

by Elliot Kukla

“society fears and rejects the core human experience of being ill, of having a body that gets sick, that ages, that is not controllable.”


The step I took in pregnancy that stopped me hating my post-baby body

by Polly Dunning

“Our children learn from what we do. If I want my children to learn that people are not valued based on their body, I have to show them that I don't value myself based on my body.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Wedell-Neergaard, Anne-Sophie, et al. "Low fitness is associated with abdominal adiposity and low-grade inflammation independent of BMI." PloS one 13.1 (2018): e0190645.

"Fitness was found to be inversely associated with both abdominal adiposity and low-grade inflammation independent of BMI. These data suggest that, in spite of BMI, high fitness levels lead to a reduction in abdominal fat mass and low-grade inflammation.”


Blake, Christine E., et al. "Adults with greater weight satisfaction report more positive health behaviors and have better health status regardless of BMI." Journal of obesity (2013).

“greater satisfaction with one’s weight is associated with healthier diet and physical activity behaviors and better health status compared to counterparts with similar BMI.”


Carlsson, Axel C., et al. "Seven modifiable lifestyle factors predict reduced risk for ischemic cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality regardless of body mass index: a cohort study." International journal of cardiology 168.2 (2013): 946-952.

“With seven healthy lifestyle factors, it was possible to identify men and women with substantially lower relative risks of incident CVD and death, regardless of BMI and educational level.”


Trompetter, Hester R., Elian de Kleine, and Ernst T. Bohlmeijer. "Why does positive mental health buffer against psychopathology? An exploratory study on self-compassion as a resilience mechanism and adaptive emotion regulation strategy." Cognitive therapy and research 41.3 (2017): 459-468.

“Training self-compassion can teach important attributes such as equanimity, kindness, forgiveness, broadened awareness and feelings of inter-connectedness with others.”


Gibson, Claire, et al. "Body Image Amongst Elite Rugby Union Players." Journal of strength and conditioning research(2017).

"many elite rugby union players experience[d] disturbances in body image. The prevalence of disordered eating behaviours is of concern and needs to be minimised due to the negative impact on health and performance."


Interesting! Taxing sugary drinks is likely to increase beer, wine and cider consumption. A good cautionary tale for dogged nutritionism.......

Quirmbach, Diana, et al. "Effect of increasing the price of sugar-sweetened beverages on alcoholic beverage purchases: an economic analysis of sales data." J Epidemiol Community Health (2018): jech-2017.


Lissner, Lauren, et al. "Variability of body weight and health outcomes in the Framingham population." New England Journal of Medicine 324.26 (1991): 1839-1844.

"Fluctuations in body weight may have negative health consequences, independent of obesity and the trend of body weight over time."



As a #HAES research dietitian, it drives me nuts when I read studies which use body dimensions to measure behaviour. People in bodies of all sizes eat and connect with others in every way imaginable. If you want to measure these things, do so in a way that is actually valid.


"If only one in 13 obese persons were exposed to over-the-counter diet pills containing phenylpropanolamine, then all of the excess risk of obesity could be accounted for by increased diet pills use."

Paul Campos, Abigail Saguy, Paul Ernsberger, Eric Oliver, Glenn Gaesser; The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic?, International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 35, Issue 1, 1 February 2006, Pages 55–60,


“Researchers, clinicians, and public health officials should focus on physical activity and fitness-based interventions rather than weight-loss driven approaches to reduce mortality risk.”

Barry, Vaughn W., et al. "Fitness vs. fatness on all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis." Progress in cardiovascular diseases 56.4 (2014): 382-390.


We need to foster diversity in dietetics, including size diversity, to combat our own echo chambers and breakdown the 'dietitian' stereotype, which, at the moment, only invite more of the same to join the profession.


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