HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 22, 2018

May 27 - June 2, 2018

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Articles and Blogs


Six queer BIPOC voices in the body positivity movement
by Donyae Coles

“Body positivity is....about being seen for the totality of your body and being allowed to live in it. This means that we’re talking about race, gender, sexuality, disability, culture, ethnicity, and more. It is a full intersectional spectrum.”

https://wearyourvoicemag.com/body-politics/six-queer-bipoc-voices-body-positive-movement
 

The Body Image Tour: Lessons Learned

by Marci Evans


“Body image healing is about learning to live in relationship to your body and body image experience with skillfulness and kindness.”


https://marcird.com/blog/the-body-image-tour-lessons-learned/

 

Before and After: A Mythology

by Lesley Kinzel


“How easy. All I needed was less. To be less, to take less. I saw that self-fix narrative and embraced it. That felt within reach — or more within reach than dismantling the conditioning that made me believe being fat was the worst thing in the world.”


https://medium.com/@SpaceShuttle/before-and-after-a-mythology-eb09a2c354d1

 

I think I miss my eating disorder....what now?

by Lily O


“All along I have known the journey would entail ups and downs, challenges, more tangible things such as the dreaded weight gain, etc. but there has been one aspect I never really anticipated. Nostalgia.”


https://www.recoverywarriors.com/miss-my-eating-disorder/

 

Eating Disorders and Feelings of Shame

by Jennifer Rollin


“I’ve never seen anyone successfully shame themselves into recovery from an eating disorder. Shame actually can cause people to be dishonest, disconnected, and to not reach out for support when they need it.”


https://www.jenniferrollin.com/blog/eating-disorders-and-feelings-of-shame

 

A Tale of Ten Tummies: Stretchmarked, Saggy, Wrinkled, Toned, Taut

by Joni Edelman


“We spend a lot of time thinking about our bodies; our faces, our fat, our bellies. We wish they were tighter, flatter, firmer, anything-er. We love them. We loath them. May we pause and simply honor them.”


https://ravishly.com/2015/05/21/tale-ten-tummies-stretchmarked-saggy-wrinkled-toned-taut

 

NYU Steinhardt Professor Replicates Famous Marshmallow Test, Makes New Observations

by Jordan Bennett

(press release)


“The authors concluded that interventions focused only on teaching young children to delay gratification are likely to be ineffective.”


https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2018/may/nyu-professor-replicates-longitudinal-work-on-famous-marshmallow

 

Seven psychoanalytic psychotherapists reflect on the clients that didn’t get better, or even felt worse

by Alex Fradera


“the paradoxical elements –high initial promise & enthusiasm followed by the later sense of distance –may form two parts of a whole, the case of a therapist “one-sidedly [allying] herself with the patient’s more capable & seemingly well-functioning parts.”


https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/05/25/seven-psychoanalytic-psychotherapists-reflect-on-the-clients-that-didnt-get-better-or-even-got-worse/

 

Haha. You’re so fat! (Anatomy of a Put-Down)

by Kimberly Dark


“Kids learn that there’s power in befuddling adults. Just like there’s power to be gained in successfully hurting another person’s feelings. It’s a sad kind of power, but it’s power nonetheless.”


https://medium.com/@kimberlydark/haha-youre-so-fat-anatomy-of-a-put-down-fd9edea2ec27

 

Food is my love language – and resistance to every ad telling us not to eat

by Sian Ferguson


“Cooking isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It involves skills, planning, time, money, and energy. It’s laborious. But this also means cooking is a brilliant way of showing love. It tells someone they’re worth the effort.”


https://thetempest.co/2018/05/09/life-love/cooking-as-love/

 

All the BBQ, None of the Fat Shaming

by Ragen Chastain


“the most important thing about understanding shaming is that the problem is the shamer’s bad behavior and not whatever their victim is doing.”


https://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/all-the-bbq-none-of-the-fat-shaming/

 

The latest beauty trends present a depressing new reality

by Roqayah Chamseddine


“a major concern when it comes to these mixed messages is that, no matter whether the premise is radical self-love, or self-improvement, the outcome is the same: a woman's worth is contingent upon her appearance.”


https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/the-latest-beauty-trends-present-a-depressing-new-reality-20180522-p4zgsq.html

 

What makes a Healthy Dancer?

by Fumi Somehara


“your body is special and unique already in its most original form.”


https://dancersdontdiet.com/2018/05/25/what-makes-a-healthy-dancer/

 

Understanding the ‘health at every size’ paradigm

by Zoe Nicholson


In a GP mag!

“HAES is not anti-weight loss. Rather, it does not promote weight loss as a health strategy. Key reasons for this are that weight is not a behaviour, and HAES focuses on addressing behaviours, and a focus on weight perpetuates weight stigma.”


https://www.racgp.org.au/newsGP/Clinical/Understanding-the-%E2%80%98health-at-every-size%E2%80%99-paradigm

 

3 Signs Your Diet Is Hurting Your Career

by Jess Cording


“A lot of people don’t recognize the subtle signs of hunger…beyond stomach growling. Irritability, losing interest [in projects you’d previously been very interested in], headaches, feeling a bit light-headed—these are all signs of hunger.”


https://www.forbes.com/sites/jesscording/2018/05/28/signs-dieting-is-hurting-career/#7ad8f2161cbc

 

The Problem with Body Positivity: A Rebuttal

by Elizabeth E. Hall


“The only people making broad and sweeping pronouncements about health are the Dr.'s who tell everyone to lose weight.”


https://www.elizabethhallcoaching.com/blog/2018/5/29/the-problem-with-body-positivity-a-rebuttal

 

Mind Control: Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement

by Gabriel Winant


“Barbara Ehrenreich cuts an unusual figure in American culture...[providing] an unsparing examination of what she viewed as the self-involvement of her professional, middle-class peers:...a critique of the world they were making & leaving behind them.”


https://newrepublic.com/article/148296/barbara-ehrenreich-radical-crtique-wellness-culture

 

Hey, Hippocrates: Food isn’t medicine. It’s just food.

by Dylan Mackay


“What’s wrong with thinking about food as medicine? It does a disservice to both food and medicine.”


https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/07/food-medicine-hippocrates/

 

Sex Talk Realness: What It's Like to Be Intersex

by Rachel Hills and Carina Hsieh


“Intersex, as a diagnosis, covers at least 30 congenital variations of sex anatomy. There isn't one singular intersex person or experience.”

Candid interviews with five intersex people :-)


https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/news/a32957/sex-talk-realness-being-intersex/

 

'Holy grail of cancer research': doctors positive about early detection blood test

by Jessica Glenza


“Far too many cancers are picked up too late, when it is no longer possible to operate and the chances of survival are slim”


https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/01/doctors-welcome-possible-holy-grail-of-cancer-research

 

3 Examples Of How Children Experience Fatphobia

by Virgie Tovar


“When fat children are consistently cast as the same type of character we are sending them (& everyone else) a message about what it possible, who deserves to visible, what heroes (& villains) look like, & who is worthy”


https://ravishly.com/how-children-experience-fatphobia