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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 46, 2018

November 9 - November 15, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis?

by Erin Blakemore

”To really reduce trauma and mitigate its effects...policymakers must pursue community investment and policies like minimum wage laws that reduce economic pressure on people who are struggling.”


3 Things You Don’t Have To Do To Manage Diabetes

by Nutrition with Katie

“From the moment your doctor first said “You have diabetes,” up until now, you’ve likely been told by many people what to do to manage your diabetes....For just a moment, I’d like to ask you to put all of that on hold and consider 3 things you DON’T have to do to manage your diabetes.”


What To Do When People Push Food On You

by Nina Mills

"They mean well, but we all have them in our lives ... a grandmother, aunt, colleague, or friend, or anyone really, who insists that you haven’t had enough to eat.”


12 simple ways to make your workplace more inclusive of transgender people

by Meera Jagannathan

“While the intent behind your curiosity might be positive...accept that it’s not the responsibility of visibly transgender people to answer your questions about all things transgender. Instead, respect people’s time and privacy.”


Serious Restrictive Eating Disorders Happen At Any Weight

by Tetyana

“Although the words “anorexia nervosa” typically conjure up images of emaciated bodies, eating disorders characterized by dietary restriction or weight loss can — and do — occur at any weight."


Should aged care residents be allowed to eat whenever they want?

by Caroline Egan

“eating on demand not only increased food and protein intake, it also reduced costs and created less wastage."


Teaching Your Child Body Positivity

by Ana Reisdorf

“Teaching your children body positivity and healthy habits around food and physical activity can have a lasting impact on their self-esteem, self-perception and how they interact with an image-driven culture.”


How To Make Your Gym Experience More Body-Positive, According to the Experts

by Gabrielle Moss

"Not only is watching the calorie counter not essential for an effective workout, it can actually distract you from registering what your body is actually feeling when you exercise...Eliminating external feedback make it easier for you to tap into your body’s internal cues”


Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor

by Talia Jane

"The immediate necessity for psychological survival negates the bogus narrative that you just have to work harder, and it’ll get better when you know it won’t.”


Expecting autistic people to ‘fit in’ is cruel and unproductive; value us for our strengths

by Peter Sun San Wong

“The hallmark of an enlightened society should be its level of inclusion. Wanting to change a person’s autistic cruel, unnatural and doomed to fail. It does not foster inclusion but emphasises exclusion.”


The forgotten woman: Why you (and so many women) have trouble recognising and expressing your needs

by Jodie Arnot

“We can become really fuzzy on what our needs are as we’re so used to deferring to others...We are told explicitly and implicitly that good girls care for others and make others happy. But what happens to us in all this people pleasing? Do we get lost and forgotten?"


Where Are the Women in Sports Science Research?

by Christine Yu

“women continue to be underrepresented in exercise science research—both as participants in general studies and as the specific subject of scientific inquiry—creating huge gaps in knowledge about female physiology and performance.”


“Girl, Wash Your Face” Is A Massive Best-Seller With A Dark Message

by Laura Turner

"Hollis’s book is in many ways a return to the kind of second-wave feminism that privileged the liberation of middle-class straight white women from the domestic sphere while at the same time completely ignoring — or actively opposing — the rights and needs of poor and queer and nonwhite women.”


This #XLBossLady Brings Plus Size Fashion To LA

by Virgie Tovar

“Just because you may not see plus size people in the industry or position you want, doesn’t mean it’s not for you. It just means you may be the first”


In Consultation

by Judith Matz

“Paradigm shifts are difficult. They require us to look deeply at our own attitudes, biases, and values—and how they match up with the research and our clients’ lived experiences.”

A wonderful piece by Judith Matz about therapists and Health at Every Size❤️


From paleo diets to digital detoxes, our search for a 'natural' life doesn't stack with evolution

by Tegan Taylor

“How you react to thinking about whether humans were once in harmony depends on what you think harmony is, and when it actually happened”


What Happened When I Started Intuitive Eating

by Kelsey Miller

“I became a much more engaged and aware eater. I learned the specifics of my taste, the relationship between my appetite and energy level; I learned how to make myself feel satisfied and fueled.”


Fatphobia in the workplace can be career limiting and psychologically harmful

by Rubina Ahmed-Haq

“many companies may be missing out on talented workers because they were too preoccupied with the candidates clothing size instead of the wealth of experience they could bring to the job.”


Tommie’s Body Positive Message Heard Around the World

by Amy Carlson Gustafson

“As an activist, living by example is the biggest and best way I can advocate not only for myself, but for my kids and family.”


Research &

Clinical Practice

Where do science journalists draw the line?

by Paul D. Thacker

“While issues of journalistic ethics aren’t new, the debate has become contentious recently in the world of science journalism.”


​Soapbox & Shareables

Hi Health Professionals and Health Writers,
Can you please stop saying “healthy” when you actually mean “low calorie”?
Thanks, that’d be great.
For example “Salads are a lot less healthy once you make additions like croutons and a creamy dressing,” from a The Conversation article today.
The addition of other delicious foods will make a salad more tasty and satisfying, it will increase the nutritional value of said salad and leave you feeling less like inhaling the vending machine later in the afternoon, than after eating plain salad.
If you make foods like salad in a way that you enjoy you’re more likely to eat it more often hence getting the value of the colourful vegetables in your actual body more often.
It really drives me bananas how often dieting tips are disguised as health advice.
by Susan Williams, Zest Nutrition Counselling

Do you live an active lifestyle?

Researchers from QUT are looking for Australian adults to do a 20 minute online survey about body attitude and eating habits.


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