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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 1, 2019

December 27 - January 3, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

It’s OK That I Don’t Drink. It’s Not OK That You Ask Why.

by Beatriz Alegria

”The truth is that you don’t know what is happening in a person’s life when you decide to ask why someone doesn’t drink. A person can be sober for many different reasons....Sober people don’t owe you any explanation whatsoever for our perfectly valid choice.“


Managing Mental Wellness During Stressful Holiday Times: “Remind yourself that you are enough!” with Judith Matz, LCSW

by Yitzi Weiner

“if you’re complimenting someone else’s weight loss, you’re contributing to your loved one’s body shame — even if it’s unintentional.”


Weight Stigma and Health: Does Self-blame Play a Role?

by Rebecca M. Puhl

"Consistently, studies showed strong, negative associations between internalized weight bias and poor psychological health indices, including high levels of depression and anxiety, lower self-esteem, disordered eating, increased binge eating, and poorer mental health-related quality of life.”


The Short Term Weight Loss Lie

by Ragen Chastain

“The fact is that most people are able to lose some weight over a short amount of time. The problem is the two conclusions that are drawn from that, which then form the foundation for diet culture.The first is that if it’s possible to lose a little weight, then it must be possible to lose any amount of weight. The second is that if short-term weight loss is possible for almost everyone, then maintaining weight loss must be possible for almost everyone.”


“My official resignation from slimming by committee”

By Vix Leyton

“I needed to look at why my self-worth was so intrinsically linked to a machine that I could influence by moving around the bathroom floor, rather than simply have the opinion that it was so readily validated by people who have a vested interest in doing so.Slimming clubs, it’s not you, it’s me. It just took me a while to get here.”

CW: includes an account of dieting behaviours