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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 29, 2018

July 15 - 21, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

Teaching mindful eating from a weight-inclusive paradigm

by Lilia Graue

“it is not weight, but our cultural fixation on it and the behavioral consequences of this fixation, that most often bring about adverse consequences to health. Stigma, discrimination, shame and oppression harm our physical, emotional and social health.”


An open letter to my daughter's camp counselor

by Anna Lutz

“when you have twelve 11 year olds under your care, negative comments about your body or about restricting food need to be kept to after “lights out”....You are in a pivotal position to have a lasting impact on these girls’ lives.”


Who Your Friends Are Matters: Why I’m Wary of Being Friends With You When None of Your Friends Are Marginalized

by Caleb Luna

“when I feel hesitant about fully relaxing around a person who I see as primarily having close relationships....with thin people, & white people, that it is legitimate to be weary of their values, limits &, ultimately, ability & willingness 2 care for me.”


Access Intimacy, Interdependence and Disability Justice

by Mia Mingus

“Cultivating access intimacy is a way to directly challenge ableism and the relentless isolation that disabled people endure, especially disabled folks who are part of other oppressed communities.”


I Am Fat. I Still Deserve Good Medical Care

by Lesley Kinzel

“I have been prescribed weight loss as a treatment for everything from gallbladder disease to a shoulder injury. I have been asked [twice] if I’ve ever considered bariatric surgery during a pelvic exam...while the doctor was scraping my cervix”


Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem

by Olga Khazan

“[Self-compassionate] people are healthier, they take better care of themselves, they are more likely to exercise and eat well, more likely to go to the doctor. Self-compassion is caring about yourself and not wanting yourself to suffer.”


Three Ways Parents can Shape a Child's Body Image

via Healthy Tasmania

“Take care with your choice of words when talking about other people, even when you think your child is not listening in. By using words that describe appearance or are unkind, we are saying what a body looks like is more important than who the person is”


51 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile to Fat People

by Dani Beckett

“Yes, I’m talking to you, my non-fat friends. I’m inviting you to educate yourself about the experiences of fat people as we move through the world, and to challenge you to be our ally in creating a utopia of fat acceptance.”


How to accept (and love) your body after baby

by Sally Kuzemchak

“Reclaiming a pre-baby body is about just as real as field of unicorns – a magical figment of imagination.”

Note: this website includes weight-centric content


Discovery Of 14,000-Year-Old Toast Suggests Bread Can Be Added To Paleo Diet

by George Dvorsky

“Dating back some 14,400 years, the discovery shows that ancient hunter-gatherers were making and eating bread 4,000 years before the Neolithic era and the introduction of agriculture. So much for the “Paleo Diet” actually being a thing.”


Fat and fit: These women are redefining what fitness looks like

by Paulana Lamonier

“Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and physically fit bodies are no different. But finally there is a push to more widely accept physical fitness without weight loss — a long-overdue end to the theory that you can’t be fat and fit.”


Were our grandparents really healthier than us?

by Tegan Taylor

“Were our grandparents really healthier than us? Or are we just romanticising a bygone era?”


Obsession with healthy eating a disguise for eating disorders, warns Nigella Lawson

by Sam Downing

“Orthorexia and anorexia sit at the extreme end of the disordered eating spectrum — far more common are unhealthy and negative thought patterns about food, believed to affect up to two-thirds of women.”


Language and stigma

via Everymind

“The way we talk about mental illness and the things we express publicly through media, social media, in our homes and in our workplaces can make a difference.”

First: ask the person what language they prefer Then: take advice in this article


“The moment I was fat shamed while I was struggling with anorexia.”

by Madelaine Walsh

“Not only was I furious because, as everyone knows, it’s never appropriate to joke about someone’s weight, but also because at the time I had spent the last six months in the downward spiral of an anorexia relapse.”

CW: description of eating disorder


When fat people dare to exercise in public

by Roqayah Chamseddine

“There's a bizarre dichotomy between fatphobia that manifests in people telling us to shed pounds and go to the gym, and fatphobia that manifests in those same people being disgusted by our presence in those spaces.”


Remove Flat Tummy Ads From Times Square


Telling young women and girls to ignore or suppress their hunger is dangerous. Join the campaign calling for Flat Tummy Co. to take their billboard down immediately.


Full-fat dairy may not be the enemy we once thought​

by Natalie Parletta

“This new study adds to mounting research showing that when it comes to heart disease, we may not need to be as worried about full-fat dairy foods as previously thought”


I Accidentally Went On A Date With A “Clean Eater”

by Virgie Tovar

“I don’t think he was capable of seeing the worthiness of my fat existence. I don’t think he was capable of recognizing my body and my life as autonomous entities that do not rely upon his desire.”


The real catwalk: Body positive (video)

by BBC London (via Facebook)



My Partner Has Gained Weight, Has Become Body Positive, And I’m No Longer Attracted To Them. Now What?

by Sarah Thompson

“we're taught in our culture we shouldn't age and our bodies 'should' remain one shape from about age 18 [until] death as adults and that shape 'should' be one specific very small size.....the truth we know is... well, that's a bunch of crap.”


Cadbury’s low-sugar alternative won’t appease the public health lobby

by Christopher Snowdon

“The government is not interested in how many low-sugar or low-calorie products are available...The companies are not judged on their ability to provide choice. They are judged on sales (or sales weighted averages, to be precise)”


When You’ve Been Fat-Shamed By Your Doctor

by Jen Mclellan

“Have you ever been fat-shamed by your care provider? Here’s what you can do!”

CW: some weight centrism during preamble


Research &

Clinical Practice

Why the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity is probably wrong: A supplementary reply to Ebbeling and Ludwig’s JAMA article

by Stephan Guyenet

Great critique and explanation of currently known factors involved in weight gain in rodents vs humans, and lessons in being cautious about making sweeping conclusions about the human condition......


Useful list of physical activity questionnaires and their validation studies :-)


Effects of a new intervention based on the Health at Every Size approach for the management of obesity: The “Health and Wellness in Obesity” study

"intensive interdisciplinary HAES®-based non-prescriptive intervention in obese women improved participants’ eating attitudes and practices, perception of body image, physical capacity, and health-related quality of life despite no changes in body weight."

Dimitrov Ulian M, Pinto AJ, de Morais Sato P, B. Benatti F, Lopes de Campos-Ferraz P, et al. (2018) Effects of a new intervention based on the Health at Every Size approach for the management of obesity: The “Health and Wellness in Obesity” study. PLOS ONE 13(7): e0198401


Complementary Medicine, Refusal of Conventional Cancer Therapy, and Survival Among Patients With Curable Cancers.

“Patients who [used] complementary medicine were more likely to refuse other conventional cancer treatment, and had a higher risk of death [2 fold]”

👉 no benefit of CAM in cancer care

👉 CAM use in cancer care hastens death if conventional care is ceased

Johnson SB, Park HS, Gross CP, Yu JB. Complementary Medicine, Refusal of Conventional Cancer Therapy, and Survival Among Patients With Curable Cancers. JAMA Oncol. Published online July 19, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2487

Another researchers commentary of the study and its implications:​


Soapbox & Shareables

It’s been a bit quiet around here for the last couple of weeks as I’ve been traveling in outback Queensland (dinosaur footprints! dinosaur bones!) for the school holidays with hubs, my 3 kids and my parents.


The lack of internet in the outback allowed me to finally finish this wonderful book ‘The Matter of the Heart’ by Thomas Morris. It chronicles the events and people (and egos and animals!) involved in the development of eleven therapeutic cardiac procedures, some of which are commonplace now but were previously considered impossible by the experts of the day.


An amazing triumph of humanity and excellent reminder that creativity is vital in medicine and science ❤️