HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 8 2018

February 18 - 24, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Children with facial difference have a lot to teach us about body image

by Anthony Penington

"Body dissatisfaction is.... a key symptom of a condition known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). People with BDD develop obsessive concerns with particular aspects of their appearance, including features others perceive as normal.”


Why I Won’t Ever Identify As Recovered.

by Dr Maria Paredes

"Recovery is hard. Period. Recovery in a culture that promotes disordered eating and inequality of bodies is even harder.”


288-Lb. Woman Becomes Heaviest to Run a Marathon and Aims for Ironman: 'It's About Visibility'

by Julie Mazziotta

"Nobody of any size is obligated to participate in fitness, but I think that we should all be welcomed”


Weight Watchers is Targeting Teens with Their Game

by Kari Anderson

"Weight Watchers may call this free teen program a “wellness initiative,” but like Candy Crush, Smurfs’ Village, and other “freemium” (link is external) games that draw you in then charge you for upgrades and new levels, it’s really big business. The draw of someday finally “winning” the weight game will no doubt keep business thriving for WW stock holders for years to come—at the emotional, physical, and mental expense of our kids."


When you know better,

do better!

by Michelle May, M.D.

"updating my books has been a humbling reminder that we are all in process, and that change takes time.”


How to talk about body image issues when you're not fat

by Dawy Rkasnuam

“Given the negative body talk we’ve been exposed to since childhood, it’s inevitable for us to have issues with our body image—even if we are not fat.”


Body image issues are ruining our boys

by Jo Abi

It's a proud day for a mentor when your mentee is totally bringing it on national TV!

The Mens Health Dietitian, Dan Lewin, was interviewed this morning on The Today Show about male body image and eating disorders.

Vid and article:

Dan does virtual appointments too, check out his services at


How dieting makes you gain weight!

by Beth Rosen

"BIG NEWS SHOCKER: DIETING MAKES YOU GAIN WEIGHT. The diet industry doesn’t want you to know it (because it would mess with their bottom line), but scientific research has proven it. I will get to the details in a minute, but first, a story…"


6 Ways My Parents Unintentionally Taught Me Disordered Eating

by Suzannah Weiss

"my parents’ disordered ideas are not mine. They don’t belong to me, and they’re not my burden to bear....But many of us still bear the burden of the beliefs held by our parents, even ones we disagree with."


Perfectionism and eating

by Michelle May, MD

"There are many ways that perfectionism can interfere with a healthy relationship with food.....

Bottom line: Expecting yourself and others to be perfect ensures that you’ll never be happy.”


Before and After — My Eating Disorder Struggle and Why Weight Watcher’s “Free Trial Membership for Teenagers” is a Trojan Horse

by Ali Scher

"Weight Watchers set me on a path that led to misery, isolation, and hospitalization. Fighting this eating disorder has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. And it’s not over. This is a lifelong battle.”


Lies about Health at Every Size

by Ragen Chastain

Ragen Chastain clears up some misconceptions about Health at Every Size.


Research &

Clinical Practice

Another day, another 'obesity' researcher independently concluding that health enhancing behaviours 'even' in the absence of weight loss are probably good to strive for.

We can expect a degree of paradigm straddling for a loooong time, until patients/clients/humans put their foot down and demand truly weight-neutral, non-discriminatory, non-stigmatising care. However, until then we can at least cite this kind of research paper to support health providers to consider a more weight-neutral approach. Hall, Kevin D. (01/2018). "Maintenance of Lost Weight and Long-Term Management of Obesity". The Medical clinics of North America (0025-7125), 102 (1), p. 183.


There are so many details that are unseen when research studies try to condense entire lifetimes into one weight during adulthood and then subsequent death, many years later. This study adds just one more weight to the mix (so weight at 21 years and 75 years were used) and you can see that the findings are immediately different.

The figures are particularly interesting :-) Corrada, María M., et al. "Association of body mass index and weight change with all-cause mortality in the elderly." American journal of epidemiology 163.10 (2006): 938-949.