HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 41, 2018

October 5 - October 11, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

3 Ways Public Health Professionals Can Combat Weight Stigma

by Kendrin Sonneville and Katherine Bauer

“There is a perverse fear that if our society accepts larger bodies, the health of our population will plummet. Meanwhile, over a decade of research demonstrates that weight stigma harms individual and the public’s health”


Weight Stigma Is One Of The Last Socially Acceptable Forms Of Discrimination

by Michael Hobbes

“One of the tragedies of stigma is that it’s always the people most victimized by it who have to do the work of solving it. Even though it was never their problem to begin with.”

Note: if only we had so few forms of socially accepted discrimination that this could be one of the last ones- it’s a terrible title!


Take the Cake: Why Fat Liberation Isn’t About Whether Fat People Are Healthy

by Virgie Tovar

“I see the path to fat justice as one paved through the assertion of and insistence upon fat people’s full humanity and our right to a life free from discrimination — not our health status.”


The Australian Health Curriculum – Is it helping or harming our children?

by Kelly, Embracing Nutrition

“To children, food is part of their daily routine, rituals or celebrations and something that engages their senses. Food is not understood with abstract dominant adult-like nutrition messages. Children connect to food with their relationship to food rather than what’s considered healthy and unhealthy. Complex health messages like nutrients....require a level of understanding beyond a child’s cognitive ability.”


Diet mindset and exercise: Are you mixing the two?

by Jodie Arnot

“Physical activity has so many wonderful benefits for our mental and physical health, however these are often overshadowed by the perpetual focus on weight and appearance.“


Deep Work: How to Develop the Most Valuable Skill of the 21st Century

by Dan Silvestre

“We constantly engage most of our time on shallow work activities, thus reducing our capacity to perform deep work. As a result, this ability is becoming increasingly rare and increasingly valuable in our economy.”


Pressuring your picky eater won't work

by Sandee LaMotte

"It’s not new that parents should not pressure their picky child but they continue to do it...So hopefully studies like this can help hammer the message home.”


The strain of carrying the 'mental load' is a serious health concern

by Kate Gregorevic

"I am not alone in feeling the weight of the mental load of being the primary parent for my wonderful children and managing a career that I love.”


Life drawing ‘can boost teenage body image'

“life drawing has a positive effect on body image, with evidence coming from cross-sectional, experimental and prospective studies in multiple university and community samples”


4 Mantras to Improve Body Image

by Rennee Engeln

“You don’t have to love the way you look to treat your body with kindness and compassion.”


Raising Girls with Better Body Image: FAQs

by Lexie Kite

“We are more than bodies. We have work to do, and the world is desperate for every one of us to understand our purpose beyond our looks so we can lead fulfilling lives and contribute good to a world that needs us — not just a pretty vision of us, but all of us. Let’s teach and demonstrate this truth to the girls in our lives.”


Can Anorexia Nervosa Affect People of Higher Weights?

by Lauren Muhlheim

“Even in the absence of low weight, practitioners should remain attuned to physical consequences of malnutrition or eating-disordered thoughts and behavior.”


The (Not So) Tell-Tale (Fat) Heart

by Ragen Chastain

“It turns out that, just like “glorifying obesity” is a myth, so is this meme. This picture is actually a healthy heart that is about to be transplanted into a patient”


Take The Cake: These 8 Photos Of My Double Chin Helped Me Dump High-Angle Photos Forever

by Virgie Tovar

“It’s important to recognize the power of choosing not to participate in something that is ultimately about erasing you as you actually exist”


How We Feel About Being Fat

by Vanessa

"being queer suddenly gave me the framework to potentially love my body. It was like…okay,