HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 20, 2018

May 13 - 19, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

I Still Have Fat on My Body

by Elizabeth Hall

“I practice Intuitive Eating and I still have fat on my body. Will my body stay this way forever? Who knows, I don't have a crystal ball.”


Shrinking Women: Taught to Take Up Less Space

by Jennifer Rollin

“No matter what size your body is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your body. There is something wrong with a society where we are taught that our value lies in shrinking.”


Can You Eat Whatever You Want and Still Be Healthy?

by Vincci Tsui

“As living beings, we are wired to survive. Survival is not always that pretty, sustainable picture of health. Sometimes, something that helps us survive in the short term, is unhelpful or even harmful in the long run. That’s OK.”


How To Leave Toxic Diet Culture Behind And Pursue Actual Health

by Ragen Chastain

“I went back to the research and found good news. In every study that took actual habits into consideration, habits were a much better predictor of future health than body size.”


Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

by John Scalzi

Neat little piece explaining privilege using the analogy of a computer game :-)


Eating Disorders in Men: Not a Phase, Not a Choice, Not a Joke

by Alexander Kovarovic

"Most of us have one thing that has really affected our life. For me, that one thing was my eating disorder."


Memories of a Body

by Linda

“I stare at a photo of myself....I am overwhelmed with compassion and sadness for her. She was so sad, so body has withstood decades of blame for things it had nothing to do with.”


What no one tells new moms about what childbirth can do to their bodies

by Allison Yarrow

“new moms are often unprepared for the aftermath of childbirth. “There’s this fantasy. Your body is going to come back together. Your organs are going to be in place. It’s an illusion””


It cost $250,000 to save Molly's life

by Keeli Cambourne

“We couldn’t wait for a public hospital bed to be made available. I was terrified, my daughter was dying [from an eating disorder], and I would have sold the house and everything I owned if I had to.”


Disabled People Have the Right to Raise Children

by Alaina Leary

“Disabled parents have just as much to offer their children as non-disabled parents do, and we need to create societal support for accessibility and accommodations so that all parents have access to the necessary resources for their children.”


Find A Quiet Place

by Anthony Warner

“If we could just embrace the richness and diversity of human minds, bodies and experience, and create worlds where everyone is allowed to be themselves, then our anxiety and pain might be lessened. True creativity and greatness would rise to the top.”


Men in physically strenuous jobs at risk of dying earlier despite link between exercise and longevity, study finds

by Tegan Taylor

"men in physically demanding jobs were at an 18 per cent increased risk of early death, compared to men in work with low levels of physical activity."


Cause of polycystic ovary syndrome discovered at last

by Alice Klein

“The most common cause of female infertility – polycystic ovary syndrome – may be caused by a hormonal imbalance before birth. The finding has led to a cure in mice, and a drug trial is set to begin in women later this year.”


Why Don’t We Hear Fat Women’s #MeToo Stories?

by Your Fat Friend

“While thin women face dismal rates of prosecution and conviction for their sexual assaults, fat women are often dismissed out of hand — making it open season on our bodies.”


Yes, Your Daughter Just Called Herself Fat

via Girl Scouts

"There are endless ways to be beautiful, and your daughter will grow up with a much healthier relationship to her body if you teach her that in a genuine way from a young age."


The Case Against Fitness Trackers

by Meghan Kacmarcik

“I do not believe for one single solitary second that the folks at Fitbit give a damn about your health.”


Community Is Crucial To My Survival

by Sarah Thompson

“Finding, pursuing, creating, and being in body and fat liberation community has been the thing that makes my world expand again.”


Why focussing on weight can be harmful to your health

by Emily Fonnesbeck

“Everything your body does, even those things it does without you ever knowing, is your metabolism.”


Gels, Foams and Purees: Cookbooks Serve Up Recipes For Those Who Struggle To Swallow

by Jill Neimark

"Engage all their senses during meal preparation. Just because the form of the food has changed, doesn't mean eating has to be boring and tasteless"


Dementia exercise programmes 'don't slow brain decline'

via BBC

“Exercise is still thought to be one of the best ways to reduce the risk of getting dementia in healthy older adults...[but]... larger trials are needed to work out an effective exercise programme for brain health in those who already have the condition.”