HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 14, 2018

April 1 - 7, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

So you're feeling too fat to be photographed

by Teresa S Porter

“Our vanity is no longer enough of a reason to avoid the camera. Life doesn’t wait until you “get thin” enough to capture it. Life is happening... it is happening right now and the only moment we are guaranteed is the one we are living.”


How Is Your Dieting Mentality Influencing Your Children?

by Crystal Karges

“young children are often influenced by their mothers’ weight-loss attempts and dieting behaviors, and children of dieting mothers may be more likely to experience body dissatisfaction, chronic dieting, and disordered eating as they grow.”


Fatphobia: The Ghost of Weight-Related Trauma

by Isabel Foxen Duke

“The fear, shame, or judgments you experience around weight are not fundamental to your being—but rather, expressions of an energy outside of yourself—an external force that invades your consciousness and hypnotizes you without your permission.”


Eating disorders are a serious problem in the LGBTQ community—one we too often ignore.

by Daniel Summers

“Those...who provide medical or mental health care to gender and sexual minorities should take care to screen our patients for [eating] problems. And all LGBTQ people should consider re-examining what we expect of each other and ourselves.”


Demoted or dismissed because of your weight? The reality of the size ceiling

by Renate van der Zee

“As long as we are all terrified of becoming fat, this will go on. Yes, we are terrified. Because we all know how fat people are treated in this society.”


Food porn and fatness

by Jessica Valenti

“You’re probably eating performatively, and Lindy West wants you to stop”


Local advocates for size acceptance work to abolish fat shaming

by Leslie Boyd

“We need to bring some common sense to the conversation,” Seitz says. “We need to talk about how we feel. Do we have energy? Are we comfortable? Your body is brilliant. Listen to it.”


I know I won't be seen as anything but fat

by Roqayah Chamseddine

“the pressure to explain their [body] shape to complete strangers, both inside and outside these [doctor’s] offices, as though the general public has a right to know why they're so heavy, can be debilitating.”


The Body is Unruly

by Roxane Gay

“what does it mean to live in an unruly body? Each writer [in this series] interpreted this prompt in a unique way and offered up a small wonder. Over the next four weeks, I [Roxanne Gay] will be sharing those small wonders with you.”


How The Clean Eating Fad Is Taking A Toll On Young Women

by Anna Cherry

“When you start to view food through the lenses of morality, judgment, and restriction, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.”


I'm not what you'd call "normal" but neither is modern life

by Madeleine Ryan

“when I encounter other disabled people in the street, I don’t see impairment. I don’t see dysfunction, or damage. I see the modern world’s last hope for a better day. Because, through us, everyone else can learn about what it means to live without fear.”


And then, it was over…

by Emma Wright

“The goal can’t ever again be one of fitting a prescribed size or shape or health, not for people anyway. It needs to be humanity. The hard work of caring, of empathy and of connection.”


Why This Nutritionist Is Quitting Diets and So Should You

by Whitney Akers

“You have to believe life will be better overall if you stop the self-flagellation and at least try to stop dieting and start treating yourself with kindness.”


Battling the Stigma of a Perfect Recovery

by Charlea Harrison

“recovery is about reclaiming yourself. We’re all pretty badass, and we deserve our ability to keep hold of that knowledge.”


Loving my fat body

by Robin Raven