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.”

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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


What makes a Healthy Dancer?

by Fumi Somehara

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


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.”


3 Signs Your Diet Is Hurting Your Career