HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 11, 2018

March 11-17, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Food Values vs. Food Rules

by Adina Pearson

"If food has been a struggle for you, if you’ve lost trust in your ability to eat well, food rules can make you feel safe. Temporarily. Just like diets, though, soon they become burdensome and difficult to manage”


The Secret to a Longer Life? Don’t Ask These Dead Longevity Researchers

by Pagan Kennedy

“My travels in the obituary section convinced me that the more esoteric personal choices — and diets based on the latest scientific findings — have far less of an effect on our own health than we may think.”


My body positive social media strategy

by Ivy Felicia

"social media does not have to be a negative force in our lives. It can be a tool that we use for our good and the good of others.”


My Doctor Fat-Shamed Me — And I’m Not the Only One

by Marie Southard Ospina

"Before jumping into an automatic conversation about weight...doctors “can ask discuss what [a patient’s] experience of living in a larger body has been like, [if] they are engaging in harmful behaviors (i.e. dieting or other risk behaviors).”


The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community by George Monbiot

“...when isolated people who have health problems are supported by community groups and volunteers, the number of emergency admissions to hospital falls spectacularly.”


15 Charming Illustrations That Fight Fatphobia With Doodles And Flowers

by Alanna Vagianos

“In her illustrated series called "Glorifying Obesity," the [artist, Rachele Cateyes] expresses how she feels about those who shame, harass and bully obese people for being fat.”


When self love isn’t enough.

by Your Fat Friend

“As a fat person, when I make a request of you, self love is not what I’m asking for. I’m asking for your help. I’m asking for your action. And in that, my self love is necessary, but never sufficient. I need you.”


Post partum body shame

by Carla Korn

"Even though you’re undergoing a major life transition and are attempting to care for this tiny human you’ve created, the expectation seems so clear, yet totally unrealistic."



by Susan Stinson

“I want to speak plainly as a gift to the other fat, halt, and aging among us, and for the young who can’t live within the stories the dominant culture tells on us. I fear being punished for not spending more of my life regretting my physical shape.”


Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference?

by Carrie Gottlieb

“Defining & recognizing disordered eating is [complicated]. How do you distinguish disordered eating from an actual eating disorder or even from more normative dieting behaviors? ...what can be done to treat these behaviors once they become a problem?”


The Cocktail Party Conundrum: Why Dietitians Don’t Always Tell You They’re Dietitians

by Mandy Unanski Enright

“when I tell someone I’m a dietitian, it has a tendency to open a rabbit hole. And not always one I’m thrilled to jump down....Otherwise my social time is over.”


Gun Culture And Wellness Culture Come From The Same Place

by Alan Levinovitz

“Economic and social injustice is a far greater threat to people’s health than medical error or malfeasance — just as it is by far the greatest risk factor in gun violence — but this does not fit neatly into an empowering epistemology”


You Don't Give a Damn About My Health Or Gabourey's: On Fatphobia and Faux Concern

by Creighton Leigh

“Weight loss isn’t every fat person’s goal. If you’re only concerned with fat bodies and how people are when they’re making efforts to lose weight, you’re fatphobic.”


How Carob Traumatized a Generation

by Jonathan Kauffman

“They taste not the similarities between the foods they are eating and the foods they really want to eat, only the thwarted desire for what is forbidden. No matter how much time passes, those objects of childhood dread are difficult to see anew.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

“Pursuing thinness is detrimental to women regardless of any dual muscular goals”

Uhlmann, Laura R., et al. "The fit beauty ideal: A healthy alternative to thinness or a wolf in sheep’s clothing?." Body image 25 (2018): 23-30