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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 3, 2018

January 15-21, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Psychology behind the unfunny consequences of jokes that denigrate

by Thomas Ford

‘Psychology research suggests that disparagement humor is far more than “just a joke.” Regardless of its intent.’


More Minnesota women are ditching diets: 'Weight loss is not a goal for me'

in StarTribune

“It’s a radical act to make people come to grips with the stereotypes they have about fat people — that they’re lazy, not pretty, not stylish. I am not those things.”


CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others in USA Today

“the decision reflects an acknowledgment that "unrealistic body images" are "a significant driver of health issues," especially among women. About 80% of the chain's customers are women.”


All Diets Are A Lie.

Here's Why.

by Cara Carin Cifelli

“No matter what size we are, our fulfillment in life isn’t a function of gaining or losing weight.”


Unless you’ve got an actual PhD, no one cares about your phony anti-fat ‘medical advice’

by Miranda Larbi

‘The fact is that not all fat people are unhealthy, but even if they are, it’s not anyone’s business but their own, and they deserve to exist without a constant barrage of unsolicited concern trolling.’


To plus size women who can not yet name their bodies.

by Your Fat Friend

This is breathtaking.


Why Oprah Needs to Quit Weight Watchers If She’s Serious About Helping Women

by Holly Van Hare

"our fear of being fat is literally taking years off of some people’s lives — without meeting its health promises in return”


Why we should forget losing weight and focus on healthy habits

by Tegan Taylor


"We know [helping people] to enjoy a variety of foods and connecting with the people around them is a universally good thing. We know that accessing medical care in a timely way that doesn't stigmatise them is a good thing.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Normal Body Mass Index Rather than Obesity Predicts Greater Mortality in Elderly People: The Jerusalem Longitudinal Study

by Stessman et al

"at age 70, 78, and 85... the World Health Organization categories of obesity are not helpful in predicting mortality. Furthermore... in women, a normal BMI (18.0–24.9) was associated with a mortality HR that was significantly higher at all time points"

Stessman, Jochanan, et al. "Normal body mass index rather than obesity predicts greater mortality in elderly people: the Jerusalem longitudinal study." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 57.12 (2009): 2232-2238.


“Stigma is corrosive....even after controlling for every possible confounder, [people in stigmatized groups] get sicker and die quicker than their [non-stigmatized] counterparts”

On Stigma & Health, Daniel S. Goldberg, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol 45, Issue 4, pp. 475 - 483



In general, replication studies are a good thing, to check for sure if the phenomenon observed in the original studies was a ‘real thing’. But it’s time to MOVE ON from repeating essentially the same weight loss study over and over and over again. What a waste of time, money, effort, and hope!


My pick of a professional catchphrase for dietitians is: ‘Nourishment in sickness and in health’. When the focus is intentional weight loss, despite our body’s formidable metabolic checks and balances, we lose sight of our core values.


Make February the month to experiment with your clinical practice and weight bias. Ask yourself when you see a larger client, ‘what would I do if their BMI was 22?’ If the answer is different from what you were planning, why? Why does it ‘need’ to be different? How much of that ‘need’ is pressure from your personal beliefs, from your professional norms, or from the client?


Twitter fun: "Hey @Preventionaus, you don’t have to conflate appearance & weight with health, it’s stigmatizing & not evidence based. @hildelsmith fixed your current cover for you #dietsdontwork"


This tickled me.... (Twitter)


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