HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 31, 2018

July 29 - August 4, 2018

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Articles and Blogs

I Help Manage My Chronic Illness With My Diet, but Don't You Dare Call It 'Clean Eating'
by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

“I get wanting to have less pain and more energy. But I don't want to be saved from my body, and, like many sick and disabled people, I'm focused less on an idea of waiting for a cure and more on wanting to live well in the body I have.”
Self-Compassion Lessons: Why teens, more than ever, need to learn to be kind - to themselves
by Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

“Teaching teens self compassion, whether they're dealing with mental health issues or not, directly addresses their feelings that they aren't "good enough" or "worthy."”
How AMC's 'Dietland' is finally helping me heal a 20-year battle with my body
by Lindsay Wolf
“If you had told me as a teen that I’d grow up to be my happiest self in a plus-size body, I would never have believed it. But that’s exactly what happened. Becoming the very size I had feared most of my life surprisingly set me free.”
What the Skin-Acceptance Movement Means for People With Conditions Like Mine
by Kaleigh Fasanella

“Who knows, maybe someday my kids will look at me, rash and all, and not see a “mutant” or a “monster” [and]....just see a human being with skin...not "imperfect," "flawed," or "damaged" skin. Just skin.”
The book that had redefined my outlook on sexism
by Jane Caro

“feminism is actually a fight by one half of the population to be taken seriously by the other half.”
Too Fat for Fitness? Lessons From a Plus-Size Athlete
by Ragen Chastain

“I decided to stop waiting for a thin body to show up and take the body I had out for a spin. It was the best decision I've ever made.”
Eliminating Cervical Cancer: The amazing story of the HPV vaccine
by Gid M-K
“Before the vaccine, 1 in 4 women had cancer-causing HPV. Ten years later, that number had gone down to 1 in 100. ....The effect is so enormous that it appears that cervical cancer may be totally eliminated in Australia within our lifetimes.”
I Don't Hike to Lose Weight. I Hike Because I Love It.
by Jenny Bruso
“I’m outside because I want to enjoy the outdoors, revere nature, and appreciate the gift of my body taking me places. I choose hiking over the gym to get away from diet and fitness culture.”
Woman uses obituary to advocate against fat shaming in medical profession
via Canadian Press

“There is evidence to suggest that people avoid the healthcare system for all kinds of reasons, one of them being the stigma and shame they encounter, and in some cases that could be really harmful to their health”

Diet Books as Utopian Manifestos: A Conversation with Adrienne Rose Bitar

by Emily Contois

“I began to think of diet books both like literary fiction and self-help, reading them as myth, manual, and manifesto. They provide rich material for the imagination”

CW: some weight centrism


How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

by Sam Koppelkam

“Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.”


How To Actually Respond When People Say Bad Things About Their Bodies

by Melissa Kravitz

“When we realize these messages are not coming from sources that are encouraging us to be healthy, but...are sources that are trying to control and confine us...forcing us to look a certain way, making us feel less valuable...we can begin to overcome them”


What Kim Kardashian squealing about being skinny on Instagram can tell us about neoliberalism and patriarchy

by Eleanor Higgins

“To be clear, young viewers aren’t stupid [but] when they are bombarded constantly by messages that the body is a project to be laboured over throughout every age, it can’t help but colonise one’s mind.”


The dark side of Instagram influencers

by Michelle Andrews

“While health professionals would want people to lead healthier lives, they are very clear there is a difference between sharing an image of a healthy salad, and branding yourself as a portal of information about specific illness.”


Health At Every Size: The expert-led movement that says it's fine to be fat

by Kimberly Gillan

“There's a lot of blame & self-blame [in weight gain]...We help people unpack that & recognise that it's dieting that causes weight regain...rather than any moral failing...We help people accept themselves the way they are & connect to their life values"