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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 3, 2019

January 11 - January 17, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Healing alone: the story of a first-year doctor and a widower in hospital

by Isabel Hanson and Safdar Ahmed

"The proudest day of Grace’s life was graduating as a doctor. Then she began treating patients"


Obesity, Poverty, and Health Inequality

by Anthony Warner

“The fear and revulsion that we have for people who are poor and fat comes from our unwillingness to accept that our own success is anything other than luck.”


The Truth About Fat

by Anthony Warner

"Real improvement comes from miles upstream of vegetables and home cooking. Change only happens when people’s lives are given meaning and value. Fix those problems, and then it might be worth helping them learn to cook Bolognese.”

CW: some weight centric content


Plus-Size Woman Becomes Yoga Teacher After Noticing Lack of Diversity Among Instructors

by Chelsea Ritschel

“I wanted to help people in marginalised bodies understand they can de-stigmatise exercise and actually find joy in it instead of shame or a fleeting end result.”


I love my body and want to dress in clothes that make me feel amazing

By Matilda Dixon-Smith

“Contrary to apparent popular opinion in the Australian fashion industry, just because I’m fat does not mean I don’t want to look good. I love my body, and I want to dress it in good clothes that make me feel amazing.”


Thin privilege is real, and it's time we fessed up

by Alana Schetzer

“Whatever you want to call it, there is undoubtedly a series of hardships that bigger people face, most of which are socially constructed as a way to control and belittle them. If we can create it, then we can unmake it“


Study: Bias Drops Dramatically For Sexual Orientation And Race — But Not Weight

by Carey Goldberg

“[bias about body weight is] changing the slowest of all explicit attitudes. That was surprising in and of itself. Implicitly, it showed an even starker difference: It is the only attitude out of the six that we looked at that showed any hint of getting more biased over time.”.

It’s almost as if deeming a higher body weight a disease and daily medical, governmental and social encouragement to avoid fatness has resulted in worsening prejudice 🙄🙄


I'm reclaiming fitness from diet culture

by Melissa Toler

"Somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind, I was still connecting exercise with physical appearance. I was still doing workouts because “they were good for getting in shape”, not because I truly enjoyed them.”


Let’s Not Dilute Body Positivity

by thesimplenutritionblog

“we’re not saying that people in non-marginalised bodies can’t support, participate in and learn from the body positive movement. We just need to be careful not to co-opt this radical movement. Not only has it helped me to learn about a whole other area of social justice that I never even realised existed, but it helped me dismantle my own internalised fat-phobia and helped me go a long way to accepting my own body.”


How Health Care Bias Harms Fat Patients

by Your Fat Friend

“I read their stories as they came in — frank and heartbreaking tales, too often told by loved ones who survived the fat people they’d lost to misdiagnosis. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, thyroid conditions. And every time, the doctor’s recommendation was the same: just lose weight.”


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