HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 35, 2018

August 24 - 30, 2018

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Articles & Blogs


BELVIQ – Hilarious if It Wasn’t Horrifying

by Ragan Chastain

“make no mistake, this drug is going to kill people. People who could have lived full, happy lives in the bodies that they have now are literally going to die trying to be thin while this company rakes in millions, even billions, in profits.”


The unbearable vulnerability of eating enough.

by Michelle, The Fat Nutritionist

“Don’t substitute a life for made-up rules about food. You’re vulnerable because you’re alive. Being alive means feeling things, so feel them. Grab a pillow, an animal, or another human if it helps, and let yourself. Try a thing, make a mistake, tell someone you like their earrings. Eat a meal that fills you up and gives you life”


“Gosh, You’re a Big Fella,” and Other Manifestations of My Privilege

by Jared Harrop

“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.”


Who's Hurt By Being Called Fat?

by Your Fat Friend

“Let me name my body. Let yourself say ‘fat’. Say it again and again. Say it until its blade dulls, until it can’t hurt you. Say it so you can stop hurting me.”


Exclusive: Fitbit's 150 billion hours of heart data reveal secrets about health

by David Pogue

Interesting report of data from Fitbit users with a focus on resting heart rate. It doesn’t use sophisticated stats but is interesting none the less...


Why Don’t We Think Fat People Are Worth Fighting For?

by Ijeoma Oluo

“shifting my money to businesses that are actively helping to support important ideals and causes encourages those businesses to keep it up, and motivates others to try to catch up in order to get some of those profits.”


The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Medical Advocate

by Ragen Chastain

"My own life changed when I realized that I could have a say in my own healthcare, and that I deserve a healthcare experience that is ethical, evidence-based, and aligns with my goals. You deserve that, too."


My Story Of Starvation Began At Age 7

by Holly Fox

“I didn’t know I had an eating disorder. No one knew, including my therapist.”

CW: description of lived experience of an eating disorder, tread carefully please


How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today

by Gretchen Reynolds

“The most consistent associations were between unpleasant memories of P.E. classes and lingering resistance to exercise years later”


“My therapist was more scared of my weight gain than I was …” and other recovery stories

by Tabitha Farrar

“If you are a professional treating people with eating disorders you have to recognize the damage that you could be doing when you advocate for restriction and “weight management.” You can literally kill a person with a restrictive eating disorder with these comments. That, or you set them up to live a half-life of fear.”


‘Dieting screwed up my metabolism. I regret ever going on one'​

by Emma Thompson

“Dieting screwed up my metabolism, and it messed with my head. I’ve fought with that multimillion-pound industry all my life, but I wish I’d had more knowledge before I started swallowing their crap. I regret ever going on one.”


Heart Of The Problem

by The Angry Chef

“Body weight is one of the most heritable characteristics ever studied, in much the same ballpark as height. The safer and more secure our food supply is, the more likely people are to reach their genetically predetermined weight, be it thin or fat.”​


Why I can’t support Love Your Body Week as a body positive advocate and clinician

by Ashlee Bennett

"the collaboration with Sportsgirl weakens, dilutes and counteracts the aims of the campaign, further isolating and marginalising diverse bodies."


Obesity: Why We Have It All Wrong

by Nicola Cruz

“When we tell kids to restrict their intake, they don’t lose weight. They develop eating disorders and gain more weight in the long term. Dieting as a teenager is correlated with a higher rate of eating disorders AND obesity.”