HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 16, 2018

April 15 - 21, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Eight feminist ways to love your body

By Van Badham

“it’s hard to escape a cage with a shape that keeps changing.”


Rise of the ultra foods

(part 2)

by Anthony Warner

“When we rank foods based on ideology alone, free from the doubt of scientific enquiry, we risk demonising things that can help people, or even save lives... [and] fail to appreciate what really creates the differences between us,...poverty and inequality”


No, We Won’t Calm Down – Tone Policing Is Just Another Way to Protect Privilege

By Robot Hugs

“Have you ever tone policed someone in a conversation on oppression? Tone policing focuses on the emotion behind a message rather than the message itself – and you might think you’re helping by making the conversation more “comfortable.”


Why I'm giving up on preventative care

By Barbara Ehrenreich

“Not only do I reject the torment of a medicalized death, but I refuse to accept a medicalized life, and my determination only deepens with age....Being old enough to die is an achievement, not a defeat, and the freedom it brings is worth celebrating.”


How to Share Health At Every Size® and Intuitive Eating with Friends & Family

By Vincci Tsui

“If you asked me, I’d say that everyone would benefit from learning about HAES and intuitive eating. Whether they want to learn more is a different story.”


Dear Client, thanks for being angry with me

by Tiffany Haug

“[emotion validation] is what I want to provide to my clients, because it is a core human need and paramount in recovery—a safe space to be able to express authentic, and many times unpleasant emotions.”


Health at Every Size and Eating Disorders

By Lauren Muhlheim

“There are few mental disorders whose behaviors the culture admires and values as greatly as the Eating Disorder.... Imagine being praised for the symptoms of other disorders, such as excessive worry or the inability to get out of bed due to depression”


The Fat Pride Movement Promotes Dignity, Not a “Lifestyle”

By Rachelle Hampton

"At its core, the fat acceptance movement is one that asserts fat people’s rights to their lives without being stigmatized or discriminated against."


One Passage From 'Shrill' By Lindy West Memoir Transformed My Approach To Body Acceptance

By Sadie Trombetta

"Suddenly, I started to see that the hatred I harbored for my body wasn't necessarily my own, it was a product of the society I lived in. Could it be possible that I just hadn't been seeing the world through the right lens?"


Geneen Roth is Perpetuating Eating Disorders

By Ragen Chastain

“Roth is one of these charlatans who sell the idea that “‘When people begin respecting themselves, and treating themselves well, it just so happens that weight loss becomes a side benefit.” That’s bullshit”


Wealthy Americans know less than they think they do about food and nutrition

By Sheril Kirshenbaum & Douglas Buhler

“even though higher earners have more access to information about food, they are also more likely to be influenced by misinformation and pseudoscience.”


Doctors Told Her She Was Just Fat. She Actually Had Cancer.

By Maya Dusenbury

“By seeing fat as a disease to be fixed, and losing weight as the cure, healthcare providers risk missing all the actual diseases for which unexplained weight change is a symptom.”


How Diet Talk Can Harm Your Future Grandchildren ... and what you can do to break the cycle.

By Alexis Conason

“Model body compassion.....children take in what we put out in the environment. If we focus on treating our bodies (and ourselves) with compassion and respect, our kids will likely follow our cue.”


Emotional Fat Labor for those Who Fear Fat

By Claudette Largess

“So, what is my “fat-worth” to others? Because, it would seem, my self-worth is predicated on my size. So, is my fat-worth only useful or worthy of acceptance of others when holding them up or above me?”


Will calorie counts on menu items do more harm than good?

By Carrie Dennet