HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 15, 2018

April 8 - 14, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

What Weight Gain Really Means

by Caroline Dooner

“Gaining weight reflects a normal human body, experiencing a normal amount of waxing, waning, and fluctuation.”


The not so obvious problem with dieting

by Melissa Toler

“Diet culture uses the fear of fatness to reinforce a hierarchy of bodies. And for people who are constantly pushed out into the margins because of race, gender, ability, or sexuality, our cultural obsession with weight can complicate things.”


When teaching BMI

by Lori Short-Zamudio

“How do we teach BMI in a way that will not be harmful especially when they [student dietitians] are swimming in the diet stew?”


Weight-shaming hurts kids, and their kids, too

by Maggie Fox

“Kids told to diet will starve themselves, binge-eat and will learn to hate their own bodies.”


Selling Health At Every Size: How To Market Brave

by Maria Paredes

“Being transparent about what our services offer does not negate believing in our product or undervaluing our product. And it does not mean an absence of hope. Quite the contrary, marketing brave means leading with Hope instead of Fear.”


Why your exercise focus should be fitness - not fat loss

by Kimberly Gillan

"No matter what your body size, the key is to approach it with a spirit of self care and try a variety of activities to find something you enjoy and can do at a pace that is right for you."


How to love a fat person

by Your Fat Friend

“Fat people live extraordinary lives, beloved by their families, partners, communities.... fall wildly in love.... get married.... have phenomenal sex.... are impossibly happy. Those fat people are living in defiance of the expectations set forth 4 them.”


What Cheese Can Tell Us About Class in America

by Soleil Ho and Erica Carson

“we show our class & ethnic alignments with many more indicators than simply what cheese we eat, but the ways in which we discuss cheese, & how we describe people eating the right (or wrong) kinds, are informed by our present & by the future we aspire to.”


How to Be Human: Giving the Right Compliment to Someone About Their Body

via Healthline

“If you’re unsure if your comment is objectifying, ask yourself if your compliment still holds if the body isn’t involved. If it doesn’t, then the comment is probably objectifying the person.”


VIDEO: Divided state of bias

by Liz Plank

Unconscious bias. Yes, you have it and there’s no cure, only awareness.....


Reflections from a Palliative Care dietitian

by Jenny Jackson

“The truth is there are bumps, flaws, messiness, and discomfort in our bodies and lives that have no solution. Things happen that have no justification, that make no sense. That does not make us any less worthy.”



Mainstream media is too often (still) getting this wrong.

by Rhiannon Webb

“A person’s body is not a free look into their lifestyle, eating habits, relationships with food or enjoyment, cleanliness, or any other thing we seem to like to attach to what we see. Stop it, already.”


Ignorance About Obesity Is Common and Reversible

via ConscienHealth

“Bias comes – at least in part – from ignorance. And when it comes to obesity, ignorance is both common and reversible.”

Note: other content on the ConscienHealth website is not fat friendly


I was addicted to exercise: Here's how to spot the signs

by Lucy Fry

"People with exercise addiction are praised by many people in a society that is obsessed with fighting the “obesity epidemic”, with fitness and being thin...So even when it is a symptom of a deeper problem – as it often can be – it is easily overlooked."

CW: description of problematic exercise behaviours


The Not-So-Sexy Origins of Body Shame