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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 26, 2018

June 24 - 30, 2018

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Happy reading!

(please note I'll be taking a week off from compiling the HealthNotDiets Digest next week as I'll be in the wilds of Central Queensland on family vacation (read: limited internet and time haha) but will return during the week after with a catch-up double edition)


Articles and Blogs

Women with disabilities and chronic illness talk self-love and embracing their bodies

by Hattie Gladwell

“we spoke to a selection of ladies who live with disabilities and chronic illness, both visible & invisible. They opened up about how their illnesses affect them – physically & mentally – and how they’ve learned to love and embrace the skin they’re in.”


Should You Get Tested for Food Sensitivities?

by Tamara Duker Freuman

“food intolerances do exist [but] Don't waste your money on unproven "food sensitivity" testing”


7 Ways Thin People Romantically Exploit Fat People

by Virgie Tovar

“Thin privilege is a form of power that creates a sense within thin people that they are superior to fat people, and are therefore entitled to a fat person’s time, resources, attention, sympathy, dignity and body.”


Food is a class issue, and we need to address it as such

by Jessica Lindsay

“Food is not fuel for any of us, and no one should be expected have a joyless existence because they’re not wealthy. If they have enough to eat, that’s what should matter most.”


Cellulite Isn't Real. This Is How It Was Invented.

by Kelsey Miller

“let us tell the tale of how cellulite came to be the most endemic and untreatable “invented disease” of all time. It begins, once upon a time, in France.”


Eating Toward Immortality: Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.

by Michelle Allison

“The act of ingestion is embroidered with so much cultural meaning that, for most people, its roots in spare, brutal survival are entirely hidden.”


Is It Really Clothing For Every Body If The Sizes Stop At 2XL​?

by Ragen Chastain

“for my fat money, the most painful thing is when companies co-opt the language of Size Acceptance while knowing good and damn well that they aren’t Size Inclusive.”


“Am I eating enough?”

by Fumi Somehara

“You are not bad or worth less for letting yourself fuel and nourish according to your body’s needs. Whatever shape or size, all bodies deserve respect and care, and all bodies have the right to dance.”


Why It's Not Productive to Just Tell a Patient 'You Have to Lose Weight'

by Elisabeth Poorman

“Patients shouldn't have to spend so much of their lives waiting to live until they're at the "right" weight—nor should they feel like they need to put themselves at risk to get there.”


Is Intuitive Eating Only for “Healthy” People?

by Vincci Tsui

“intuitive eating is possible for everyone, with the understanding that the path and destination are probably going to look different for everyone, and for some, it may be completely uncharted territory.”


Is Body-Positivity Really Contributing to Obesity?

by Jessica Alleva

“Sloppiness in science, peer review, and journalism, is unacceptable, especially when so much awareness has been raised about these issues in recent years.”


Thoughts About Self Magazine’s Bo-Po Reckoning

by Linda

Note to Self: “if your style guide and philosophy does not allow that health AND fatness can coexist side-by-side, you’re not body positive and you’re not using a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach.”


Can’t Stop Binge-Eating? Here’s WHY and how to stop.

by Isabel Foxen Duke

“Binge-Eating is—plain and simple—a reaction to deprivation around food.....This type of eating can also be triggered by unhealthy attitudes about food and weight—aka “Diet Mentality.””


Women Ask for Raises as Often as Men, but Are Less Likely to Get Them

by Benjamin Artz, Amanda Goodall and Andrew J. Oswald

“the patterns we have found are consistent with the idea that women’s requests for advancement are treated differently from men’s requests. Asking does not mean getting — at least if you are a female.”


Women, Own Your ‘Dr.’ Titles

by Julia Baird

“For centuries, the voices of women have been muted, discounted & minimized...regularly told to apologize, to shrink, to shut up.

So don’t.

You don’t need a title to speak. But if you do have one, use it. Find your voice, & raise it...Don’t back down.”


One woman's journey coping with unseen pain may change how the world sees disabilities.

by Ally Hirschlag

“a large part of why she went undiagnosed for so long was because doctors continued to downplay and dismiss her symptoms and self-diagnoses.”


The Link Between Binge Eating and Suicide

by Alexis Conason

“people struggling with binge eating are at an increased risk of suicide, with those at higher weights having the highest risk.” #stigmakills


Nope, I’m Not Trying to Lose Weight

by Jess Baker

“The performance of attempting to lose weight was always met with applause from those around me & I was addicted to that applause...I eventually began to figure out that....I had been cheated.”


Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body

by Nicola Coughlan

"As an actor, your body is a gift. I’m very lucky to get to use my body to become all these fascinating women [that I've played on stage and screen]. But the prism through which my body is viewed is inescapable."


Weight stigma and your child: what you need to know to help your child who is living in a larger body

via More-Love

“A child who is living in a larger body needs a parent who is aware of the nature of body weight and weight stigma and is willing to create safe spaces and reduce stigma in the education and healthcare settings.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Publically Misfitting: Extreme Weight and the Everyday Production and Reinforcement of Felt Stigma

by Brewis et al

“In this article, we focus on the ways a stressful “misfit” between the physical environment and the “fat” body in the United States contributes to the production of felt weight‐related stigma and the suffering that accompanies them.”

Brewis, A. , Trainer, S. , Han, S. and Wutich, A. (2017), Publically Misfitting: Extreme Weight and the Everyday Production and Reinforcement of Felt Stigma. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 31: 257-276. doi:10.1111/maq.12309


Obese premenopausal women have decreased chance of developing breast cancer

via News Medical

“relative risk of premenopausal breast cancer was reduced 12-23 percent for each five-unit increase in BMI, depending on age. The strongest effect was seen in relation to BMI at ages 18-24”

CW: thin bias in parts

Research paper: The Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaborative Group. Association of Body Mass Index and Age With Subsequent Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal Women. JAMA Oncol. Published online June 21, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.1771


Soapbox & Shareables

Communing with the dietetic elders thanks to a colleague who happened to have this little gem in her car, borrowed from the Flinders University medical historical collection- it’s a textbook for dietitians published in 1936, complete with a handwritten note from some dietitian searching for answers sometime in the past 80years, and with two pamphlets from the Commonwealth Dept of Health about balancing your diet and the importance of making sure kids get their butter.

Some things never change though, check out the scare tactics around weight ‘balance’! And of course, the ubiquitous assertion that half to 1 kg (1-2 pounds) should be the weight loss goal rate per week. That recommendation is STILL in dietetic textbooks today....


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