HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 39, 2018

September 21 - September 27, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

I've been Gooped!

by James Marriot

“as I walked in it struck me that this was the sort of place where I should keep my views about the all-curative properties of Lemsip to myself.”


Corporate sponsorship diverts research and distorts public policy, report finds

by Christopher Knaus

“Bias in the research agenda can produce results that support only certain policy responses to tackle pressing public health problems, which in turn affect the population’s health.”


Weight Watchers Is Changing Its Name. Here’s Why It Can’t Survive As A Diet-Only Brand.

by Lauren Strapagiel

“They’ve contributed in a huge way to the unrealistic standards of body size that we see today...telling women they’re fat because they’re overindulgent or emotional overeaters.”


'Somebody Has To Speak Up For Us': What It's Like To Change The Picture Of Obesity With Your Photo

by Jamie Feldman

“While impactful, one article cannot alter the perception or treatment of people on its own. In a continued effort to raise up the voices of the participants and encourage others to speak out, we followed up with a few of the people involved in the piece.”


Weight Watchers has dropped 'weight' from its name. But that's not enough.

by Rebecca Scritchfield

“Dropping the word ‘weight’ in favor of wellness appears more politically correct, even though they are just rebranding the concept of dieting”


Beyond the numbers on the scale: Why weight management doesn't fit with eating disorder recovery

by Jena Daku

“it doesn’t make sense, nor does it fit with my ethical framework, to collude with someone’s desire to manage their weight when clearly it’s not working for them, it’s masking deeper problems with their relationship with self, and it’s causing them harm and distress.”


This Dietitian’s 5 Rules for Grocery Shopping

by Amanda Boyer

"How many of you have rules for grocery shopping? ....I could list a million rules I’ve heard, I’ve used, I’ve imagined… and they’re all bullsh!t.”


An open letter to social media influencers and bloggers

by Sarah Pannell

“Diets, dietary changes, “lifestyle changes,” (whatever term you wish to use) are NOT a “no risk” option.”


What Does Putting Weight Loss On The Back Burner Mean?

by Nina Mills

“When we focus on weight loss as our main reason for doing intuitive or mindful eating, inevitably we turn our mindful eating and intuitive eating practise into the ‘hunger and fullness diet’.”


What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

by Alan Levinovitz

“Though the distinction between natural and artificial — that is, made by man’s art — dates back at least to Aristotle, the popular romanticization of natural food stands in stark contrast to pre-modern culinary philosophies”


Willpower: Is that what eating disorders are all about?

by April Bandy-Taylor

“an eating disorder is more than just a trendy diet. It’s not something I signed up for or planned. It’s an illness”


What is kombucha? Coca-Cola jumps on ‘healthy’ drink fad

by Alana Mitchelson

“Claimed to be a super health elixir with a long list of health benefits, kombucha is one drink where science has yet to support these claims....So far no clinical trials have been carried out in humans.”


Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

by Valerie Tarico

“It would be years before I understood that my inability to heal bulimia through the mechanisms offered by biblical Christianity was not a function of my own spiritual deficiency but deficiencies in Evangelical religion itself."


Lizzo Is A Body Positive Style Icon To Watch

by Julia Brucculieri

“I think that it’s empowering for young girls to see that it’s OK to work out and not have a six-pack”


Why we're proud of our fat bodies

by Alice Zoo

"I know that my body is some people’s greatest fear, and to confront that is uncomfortable.To confront me being happy and living life and feeling healthy - whatever that means - threatens people’s desires to fit into a beauty norm.I think it scares people that you can exist in a way that you haven’t been told that you can exist.””


Black Women Started The Body Positivity Movement, But White Women Corrupted It

by Danielle Jennings

"Things have certainly gotten better than they were 10, 20 years ago, so progress is being made, but we are still in last place in a race that we started and never wavered from.”


A top Cornell food researcher has had 13 studies retracted. That’s a lot.

by Brian Resnick and Julia Belluz

“even textbook studies and phenomena are coming undone as researchers retest them with more rigorous designs."


Things I have learned in recovery from Orthorexia (and exercise addiction)


“Eating an adequate amount of food shouldn’t be a reward for good days, it should be a minimum standard all of the days.”


I Don't Know

by Talal Hilal

“As my philosophy in caring for patients with cancer developed, one thing that I came to appreciate more than ever is that the choice a patient makes after being informed of all the options is always the right choice.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Surveillance of global physical activity: progress, evidence, and future directions

by Ding Ding

"It is generally believed that overweight and obese individuals are at greater risk of many complications after surgery, but most perioperative studies have found that this is not the case. In fact, mildly obese and overweight patients tend to have better survival rates than normal weight patients after many types of surgery"

U. Gurunathan, P. S. Myles; Limitations of body mass index as an obesity measure of perioperative risk, BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, Volume 116, Issue 3, 1 March 2016, Pages 319–321.


Searching for a diagnosis: how scientists are untangling the mystery of developmental disorders

by Linda Geddes

“The question with these families has always been why so many of them have one very sick child and everyone else is healthy”