HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 19, 2018

May 6 - 12, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Bias and Discrimination Keep Women With Higher Body Weights Away from the Doctor- Drexel Study

by Frank Otto

“We’re talking about a vulnerable population and we’re putting them at a greater risk,” Mensinger said. “We need to be aware of these system-level problems that are keeping people from going to appointments that would be saving lives.”


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

by Creighton Leigh

“I was the sickest I had ever been in my life. Ironically, everyone I knew couldn’t help but tell me how wonderful I looked... I lost pounds & inches each week. I also lost hair & teeth. The complications from pregnancy....had damned near killed me.”


University of Twitter? Scientists give impromptu lecture critiquing nutrition research

by Kelly Crowe

“The hardest conclusion to accept here is that when it comes to common nutritional exposures — tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol — we may have to make decisions ...using common sense and not bad epi [epidemiology]."


The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office

by Katherine Schwab

‘The researchers found that many women became hyper-aware of being constantly watched and their appearance constantly evaluated; multiple women told them that “there isn’t anywhere that you don’t feel watched.”’


Arsenic, Lead Found in Popular Protein Supplements

by Jessie Hirsch

“a new study shows that many of the top-selling powders and drinks may contain concerning levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead, and toxins like bisphenol A (BPA)”


What happens when you start counting calories?

by Fumi Somehara

“Your energy requirement will change from day to day and your body has the ability to tell you how much food it needs even without using external quantification tools.”


No, Sugar Isn’t the New Heroin

by Traci Mann

“If your concern is that you will develop a physiological dependence on sugar, you needn’t worry. That kind of addiction, like one might have to heroin, is simply not going to happen.”


The Corruption of Evidence Based Medicine — Killing for Profit

by Jason Fung

“Evidence based medicine depends entirely upon having a reliable base of evidence (studies). If the evidence base is tampered with, and paid for, then [evidence based medicine] as a science is completely useless.”

Note: this author is VERY weight centric in other work (he's an intermittent fasting researcher). However, this piece does not mention weight and makes some important (and accurate) criticisms of the way we 'do research'.


Discrimination against fat people is so endemic, most of us don’t even realise it’s happening

by Angela Meadows

“fat stigma is so entrenched that many fat people are complicit in their own stigmatisation, believing that they deserve it, or that the perpetrator was just stating a fact”


Gynecologist wants women to 'close the browser' on trendy wellness advice

by Aviva Jacob

“a piece of advice that I give to everybody when they're researching information online: if that person is selling what they're talking about, close the browser and go somewhere else.”


10 books about body image every woman should read

by Dusty Baxter-Wright

“Every body is worth celebrating. As the pressure for young women to fit the ‘ideal image’ only intensifies, [here are] ten books...[to] make you rethink everything you thought you knew about body matter what your shape, size or skin colour”


You can't get 'energy' from an 'energy drink'

by Keith-Thomas Ayoob

“If kids — or adults — feel they need more energy, they don’t need a drink, they need more sleep.”


Hooked on Weight Loss

by Louise Adams

“People ‘know’ that in the long term, the weight loss they think they need to live a happier life is unlikely to happen. But the fact that there’s a tiny statistical chance makes them think....maybe....And so they keep trying. Over and over again.”