HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 45, 2018

November 2 - November 8, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

I Quit My Job Because of Chronic Illness

by Lisa Marie Basile

“The sick body is at odds with many things—itself, for one, the people who exist around it, and society’s endless demands.”


The curious case of the missing workplace teaspoons

by Peta King

“This type of data collection provides a simple example of what makes a good longitudinal study.”


The Body Positive Skincare Trend is Driven By Women's Fear of Aging

by Sangeeta Singh

"Beauty is a business that has always thrived by fostering women’s insecurities. In 2018, companies are using the language of self-care and empowerment to sell products that target women’s fear of aging. Lately, that has proved more profitable than selling shame.”


‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ Changes the Rules for Who Gets to Eat on TV

by Jenny G. Zhang

“for many viewers, the existence of that [food TV] fantasy is propped up by an underlying tension: the tangled relationship between food, weight, and self worth.”


What If You Changed The Way That You Viewed Self-Destructive Behaviors?

by Jennifer Rollin

“Ultimately, you can find more life-affirming ways to get your needs met, gradually putting your eating disorder (or addiction, self harm, etc) out of a job.”


Go ahead and laugh at the wine and egg diet – it's as mad as the rest

by Kasey Edwards

“despite a lifetime of weight loss failure, we still hold out hope that the next wonder diet will defy all logic and reason and actually work.”CW: description of extreme diets that may elicit nostalgia-dread-horror. Seriously though, you may find it triggering, tread carefully.


9 Facts Shatter The Biggest Stereotypes About People Who Are Fat

by Julianne Ross

“Widespread anti-fat prejudice typically stems from misconceptions about health, weight and body positivity, and negatively affects millions of people every day.”


"With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we'd give to a good friend"

by Claire El'Jor

"self-compassion may act as a buffer between viewing highly edited media images and our feelings of body dissatisfaction.”


Is alkaline water a miracle cure – or BS? The science is in

by Arwa Mahdawi

"you’re literally just flushing money down the drain”


To Hell with Fatphobia? Working through the Contradictions of Weight Loss and Body Positivity

by Philippe Leonard Fradet

“I have to remind myself...that the self-loathing I feel for my body is much less a true, autonomous feeling about myself than it is a product of the status quo of fatphobia in our society.”


Is Anorexia the Latest Treatment for Obesity?

by Alexis Conason

“Anorexia nervosa is a vicious disease with dire physical and emotional consequences. Fatness does not protect against it; in fact, people at higher weights are at increased risk due to the tremendous pressure to lose weight.”


Is Your Relationship with Exercise Genuinely Healthy?

by Margarita Tartakovsky

“signs that you might have an unhealthy relationship with exercise"


'There is no validity': Unproven blood tests for food sensitivity widely offered in Canada

by Charlsie Agro and Tyana GRundig

"These [food] tests scared the crap out of me...scared me into believing that whatever I put in my mouth was toxic.”


Fat and anorexic: Everyone praised me for my weight loss but I was sicker than I’d ever been

by Maggie Spear

“This dangerous disorder can hurt anyone, regardless of weight, class, race or gender. It doesn’t discriminate.”


Landmark study to examine health benefits of Indigenous connection to country

by Lorena Allam