HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 12, 2018

March 18 - 24, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

How ‘before and after’ photographs promote unattainable body ideals

by Jenny Cole

"A weight inclusive approach, which views health as multifaceted and not defined by one’s weight, is a more effective, and more ethical, way to promote health.”


How Obesity Became a Disease, and, as a consequence, how weight loss became an industry

by Harriet Brown

"obesity doesn’t fit the definition of a medical disease. It has no symptoms, and it’s not always harmful—in fact, for some people in some circumstances, it’s been known to be protective rather than destructive.”


You Don’t Have To Love Your Body By Ijeoma Oluo

“my body is mine. It’s mine to adore, and it’s also mine to curse, trash, and outright ignore. The real victory is not in loving your body, or refusing to hate your body. The real victory is owning your body, and letting it be whatever you want it to be.”


The magical thinking of weight loss

by Your Fat Friend

More exquisite writing from Your Fat Friend:

“Your body is your body. Your life is your life. And your life is happening now —not twenty, fifty, a hundred pounds from now. So go live it.”


Rebecca Alexander Is the Queer Fat Woman Behind AllGo, an App That Will Change the World for People of Size

via Autostraddle

“I believe that all people have a right to exist as they are and a right to the same level of comfort and access when it comes to going out,” Rebecca wrote. “That is why I’m building AllGo.”


Why Holding Onto "Goal Weight Clothes" Is So Much More Dangerous Than It Seems

by Olivia Muenter

“As I've gotten older, learned about body positivity, and started to slowly dismantle my long-held perspective that taking up less space was always the answer, I can now recognize that seeing myself as a constant "before" is inherently dangerous.”


I Don't Get Weighed at the Doctor's Office—and You Don't Have to, Either

by Melissa A Fabello

“I had no idea the simple fact that you still have bodily autonomy—even when in a doctor’s office—would be so mind-blowing to people. But .... People, especially those who are marginalized, are taught to respect authority, no questions asked.”


The taboo around female genitalia has grave consequences for women

by Cat Rodie

“More than 17,000 Australian women are currently living with a gynaecological cancer and 15 are diagnosed every day. Tragically, many women delay seeing their GP because they are embarrassed about their symptoms.”


Can Fat People Go On Trampolines?

by Leslie Walters

“I was waiting to be ‘thin enough’ to try going on a trampoline. I thought I couldn’t do that until I was no longer fat. But YES: FAT PEOPLE CAN GO ON TRAMPOLINES AND PRETTY MUCH ANYWHERE ELSE THEY WANT TO GO TOO.”


How fatphobia impacted my gender identity

by J from Comfy Fat

"In my early 20’s I found body positivity. I started seeing images of fat bodies being associated with love, pride, and beauty. I finally found positive representation of bodies that looked like my own .... I began seeing my fatness differently."


Let's talk about weight

by Vincci Tsui

“Even if you didn’t care about the social justice piece, wouldn’t it make sense to stop providing a “treatment” that is associated with the opposite effect of what it’s supposed to do?”


How to change someone's mind

by Geoffrey James

“With human beings, pressure always creates resistance, so your first step is always to get on the same side of the table.”


Food, eating disorders and addiction

by Sarah Thompson

“Human beings are highly complex and designed to survive. The need for food after semi-starvation and starvation is a biological function of survival.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Physically Fit Women Almost 90 Percent Less Likely to Develop Dementia

in Neuroscience News

"Women with high physical fitness at middle age were nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia decades later, compared to women who were moderately fit"

Hörder, Helena, et al. "Midlife cardiovascular fitness and dementia: A 44-year longitudinal population study in women." Neurology (2018): 10-1212.