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