August 17 - 23, 2018
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Articles & Blogs
Eating Disorder Recovery: Aim to Overshoot
by Tabitha Farrar
“Overshoot is normal. Overshoot is optimal. Overshoot means you are recovering. Overshoot means you are exactly where your body needs you to be right now. Overshoot should be aimed for.”
Mindful Eating (…don’t water it down to “just eat slow without distractions”)
by Kylie Mitchell
“Being mindful with food = being aware of something relating to food. The thing you need to be aware of isn’t always eat slowly and eat without distraction.“
What is Diet Culture?
by Jeffrey M. Saltzman
“many human decisions rely on automatic or knee-jerk reactions, rather than deliberative thought.”
Urban walking isn’t just good for the soul. It could save humanity
by Jonn Elledge
“While I retain no memory of the first time I successfully walked the 15 miles from central London to my childhood home in Essex, I remember my first failure in excruciating detail.“
Hierarchy, disagreement, and food politics
by Jayson Lusk
“As a person (or country) develops and gains more income, they move from food being primarily consumed to survive to food consumption eventually serving as a form of self expression and actualization.“
PSA to girls under 18
by Clementine Ford
“even with an assumption of agency in a teenage girl, the power differential between her and an adult man remains too troubling to ignore. The trope of the worldly high school girl might be common, but so too is that of the man who seeks out women with less power than him.“
Covering health research? Choose your studies (and words) wisely
by Chloe Reichel
“We tend to have this idea in society that one study by itself [has significance] — there are these great eureka moments — but really this stuff is built by consensus over many, many years.”
Dascha Polanco: 'You Can Love Yourself Without Liking Everything'
by Dascha Polanco
“wanting to eat a burger doesn’t impact my acting or my ability to help people. Neither does getting older—reaching new decades and going through physical changes is something we should celebrate, not fear.”
These Very Glam Portraits Celebrate the Beauty of Double Chins
by Sirin Kale
“It sounds cheesy but to have a group of women normally ignored by society in a room all together, basking in each other’s beauty, was pretty cool.”
17 Body-Positive Podcasts That Will Empower You Daily
by Monica Davis
“I’m here for body-positivity at all times....I just need more folks like me, talking about this skin suits we’re all respectively wearing and how it feels to be outside of the mainstream beauty standards.”
Queen of Soul and Body-Positive Icon: A Look Back at Aretha's Franklin's Memorable Style
by Maiysha Kai
“due to all her IDGAF glory, Aretha was a body-positive icon long before “body positivity” was even a thing”
Size Diversity & Health at Every Size
by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
“Develop and nurture connections with others and look for purpose and meaning in your life. Fulfilling your social, emotional, and spiritual needs restores food to its rightful place as a source of nourishment and pleasure.”
17 Trustworthy Registered Dietitians to Follow for Truly Great Advice
by Christine Byrne
List of great dietitians to follow, it’s fabulous that most of them are HAES advocates!
Fat Positive Photography
by Lauren Muhlheim
"It is...important for all people to broaden their aperture on what people should look like. This includes viewing images of fat people who are happy, sexy, desired, and beautiful and engaging in all the activities that make up a fulfilled life."
Dietland: Not the Unproblematic Alternative to Insatiable It’s Made Out to Be
by Fats to the Front
“We need fat positivity that doesn’t forsake others...We need to be as critical of half-mark attempts like Dietland as we are the likes of Insatiable. We need to question people, especially fat influencers, who are supporting this franchise and, in turn, condoning whorephobia and violence against sex workers. We must do more. We must do better.”
7 Early Warning Signs Of An Eating Disorder That Are Easy To Miss
by Caroline Hogeveen
“I realized how gray the area between “healthy” and “disordered” is, and how easily the early signs of an eating disorder can be missed in our diet-obsessed, skinny-worshipping culture.”
How to Find a Fat-Positive Doctor Who Won't Just Tell You to Lose Weight
by Charlotte Zoller
“I harnessed my shame and used it to shift my perspective: I could either keep doing everything in my power to avoid even the potential of a diagnosis, or learn everything I could about the current state of my body and use that knowledge as power.”
IE FAQ: What is "Normal" Eating?
by Cara, Street Smart Nutrition LLC
“We can use the knowledge we have about nutrition to inform our decisions, but that’s never the only consideration because enjoyment and satisfaction are also key pieces of normal eating.”
Take The Cake: The Hardest Part Of Writing You Have The Right To Remain Fat"
by Virgie Tovar
“There’s an exchange happening between author and reader that’s very intimate and at its core is a silent contract of mutual awareness: I see you and you see me.”
Can a glass of milk really 'slash' your risk of type 2 diabetes?
by Duane Mellor
“Responsible science and health communication need scientists, universities and the media to responsibly report the reality of the research and not just produce soundbites that attract clicks.“
Soapbox & Shareables
This is the first of the Australian Dietary Guidelines: “Guideline 1: To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs”
There are three ‘weight control’ messages in these 23 words:
👉‘larger people should lose weight’
👉’smaller people should effortfully stay smaller’
👉’you should know your energy needs and the energy content of everything you eat so you can consciously reach your calorie requirements’
None of these assertions are supported by long term research, harm free, or reasonably feasible for the population for whom these guidelines were written. All of these assertions are powerful drivers of poor nutrition quality of life, disordered eating and eating disorders which actively cause harm and undermine nourishment.
Nourishment and physical activity? YES!
Calorie counting and weight hypervigilance? NO THANKS!
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