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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 52, 2018

December 21 - December 27, 2018

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Articles & Blogs

Lonely bodies are hungry for more than turkey

by Fay Bound Alberti

”Food has enormous emotional significance because it links people with the past, the present and the future; it creates a framework of belonging and resilience and it provides an antidote to loneliness.”


A smile doesn’t hide your weight bias

by Diana

“the message of the importance of not perpetuating weight bias was lost when all the healthcare professionals were still delivering the message to their patients that they should lose weight.”

CW: some weight centrism at the end unfortunately!


Maybe this is the Christmas we quit the 'fat chat' about our bodies

by Kasey Edwards

"In a world that trains us to mistrust and hate our bodies, it is a bold act to see our bodies for what they really are: our best friend, our constant companions, the only way we are alive. How about this Christmas we treat them with the love and gratitude they deserve?”


How to Navigate Triggering Conversations During the Holiday Season

by Vincci Tsui

“it’s not a bad thing to make someone feel uncomfortable with your response because what you’re actually doing is giving them feedback that what they did made you feel uncomfortable, and...this might be the first time that this person is receiving that feedback.”


Navigating the Holidays With An Eating Disorder

By Josée Sovinsky

“here is a list of strategies for navigating the holidays with an eating disorder, inspired by my brilliant clients.”


Take It From Dietitians, Holiday Diet Advice Shouldn’t Be Fatphobic

by Lisa Rutledge

“Holiday eating looks different for everyone...There’s no right or wrong way to eat during the holidays.”


Intuitive Eating Puts Listening To Your Body’s Needs Over Diet Plans

by CBS New York

“[intuitive eating] has really helped me feel good about myself and feel comfortable in my skin, and be able to eat and enjoy food and not be so hard on myself”


Self-compassion in chronic pain sufferers linked to a better capacity to continue engaging in valued activities

by Eric Dolan

"researchers found that self-compassion — but not mindfulness — was associated with being willing to engage in valued activities despite pain, which in turn was associated with less depressive symptoms.”


​Research & Clinical Practice

The Failure to Measure Dietary Intake Engendered a Fictional Discourse on Diet-Disease Relations

by Edward Archer, Carl Lavie and James Hill

“the decades-long fictional discourse on the effects of dietary sugar, salt, and fat led to an extreme form of diet-centrism that obscured well-established evidence and engendered the proliferation of misleading and demonstrably false research programs and failed public health initiatives.”

Note: ‘M-BMs’ mentioned below refers to ‘memory-based measures’ like food frequency questionnaires and 24hr recalls.

Archer, Edward, Carl J. Lavie, and James O. Hill. "The Failure to Measure Dietary Intake Engendered a Fictional Discourse on Diet-Disease Relations." Frontiers in Nutrition 5 (2018).


Exploring the Threats to Sociable Scholarship: An Autoethnographic Viewing of Participatory News Making

by Cat J. Pausé and Marewa Glover

“universities have a responsibility to protect staff who engage as public intellectuals in digital spaces.”

Pausé, Cat J., and Marewa Glover. "Exploring the threats to sociable scholarship: An autoethnographic viewing of participatory news making." Journal of Social and Political Psychology 6.2 (2018): 696-710.


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