HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 36, 2018

August 31 - September 6, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

Fat-Shaming The Pregnant: How The Medical Community Fails Overweight Moms

by Brianna Snyder

“medical professionals are not immune to society’s tendency to disrespect fat people. The stigmatizing message many heavy women get in the doctor’s office is that by their own poor decision-making, they have put themselves and their unborn children in danger.”


Families 'can't afford to follow healthy diet guidance'

by Katherine Sellgren

“affordability could be achieved through two overarching approaches: increasing the resources and incomes of low income households and ensuring that healthy foods are available and affordable to those on a low income.”


If You Want To Talk About Physical Health, We’re Probably Going To Talk About Mental Health First

by Jes Baker

“I saw light bulb after light bulb appear above each participant’s head as they learned that there was an alternative to shame, guilt, and restriction/diet based living.”


Australian women want weight management advice

by The Medical Journal of Australia

“The survey also asked women which were the top five health topics that they wanted to know more about. Weight management topped the list (34.9%), followed by healthy eating and nutrition (31.7%), mental and emotional health (29.3%), anxiety (28.3%) and menopause (24.9%).”

Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us! Time to unpack those weight science myths and misunderstandings!!


What I learned about weight loss from spending a day inside a metabolic chamber

by Julia Belluz

“Our metabolism silently shifts under new conditions and environments in ways we’re not usually aware of.”CW: very weight centric but interesting account of metabolic testing in someone with weight concern, restrained eating and a smaller body


Calories 101

by Colleen Reichmann

“The best path to making peace with your relationship with food? Work to take away the negative associations that we have with calories. Calories are simply units of energy.”


Diet advice and tiny seats: how to avoid 10 forms of fatphobia

by Virgie Tovar

"Here are 10 of the most common instances of fatphobia that personally affect me and many others – with some advice about how to combat them.”


Victorian health campaign sees positive results with more active women

by Kate O’Halloran

“These are authentic stories of real women, who have shared that fear of judgement and how it holds them back,” said Rechter. “Women are smart and savvy enough to know when they’re being sold something, and this campaign isn’t selling them anything.”


Stigma, stereotypes, and under-diagnosis of eating disorders

by Tabitha Farrar

“Outdated information, misrepresentation, stigma, assumptions, ignorance. These things all contribute to people with eating disorders who don’t “fit the mold” not being diagnosed.”


What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?

by Christine Murray

“To stand at the bottom of that flight of steps with two kids and a newborn in a pram is to experience the kind of despair usually reserved for rat-infested dungeons.”


The macho sperm myth

by Robert Martin

"The entrenched notion that human sperm, once ejaculated, engage in a frantic race to reach the egg has completely overshadowed the real story of reproduction, including evidence that many sperm do not dash towards the egg but are instead stored for many days before proceeding.”


Aussie pub culture was a mystery for migrants like my family

by Nadine Chemali

“When you befriend someone from another culture, it’s almost always to learn about their culture, eat their food, embrace their way of life. Which is lovely. But they still feel like an outsider.”


'A baby cannot provide ... consent': Calif. lawmakers denounce infant intersex surgeries

by Tim Fitzsimons

“These surgeries should be performed only with informed consent by the person whose life will be permanently impacted...A baby cannot provide that consent.”


People can be healthy at any weight

by Kristin Bulzomi

“By making the impossible the ideal, they’ve made customers for life...Furthermore, since the most common long-term outcome of dieting is weight gain not weight loss, they have created a problem that continues to get worse the more you try to fix it.”