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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 5, 2019

January 25 - January 31, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

When Do You Know You Are Emotionally Mature? 26 Suggestions

by The School Of Life

"You learn to forgive yourself for your errors and foolishness. You realise the unfruitful self-absorption involved in simply flogging yourself for past misdeeds. You become more of a friend to yourself. Of course you’re an idiot, but you’re still a loveable one, as we all are.”


People with mental illness don’t need more talk

by Philip Moscovitch

“Asking people with mental illness to reduce stigma by telling their stories potentially exposes them to more discrimination.”


Big fat lies about obesity

by ASU Now, interviewing Glenn A. Gaesser

"The idea that a given body weight, or percentage body fat, is a meaningful indicator of health, fitness or prospects for longevity is one of our most firmly held beliefs, and one of our most dubious propositions.”


Small Fitness Gains Provide Big Heart Disease Protection: Study

by Robert Priedt

“We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina pectoris over the nine years”


An Open Letter to Thin People Who Feel Infringed on by Fat People on Airplanes

By Fluffy Kitten Party

“I wish you knew, I wish you could understand, how much planning goes into travel when you’re fat. It adds more layers to your trip than I think you can imagine.”


Say Cheese! How to Be in And Celebrate Photos

by Lauren Muhlheim

“many of my patients who feel uncomfortable with their bodies...either avoid photos altogether or obsess over them. I’m going to suggest some strategies that have been helpful for my patients.”


Dietitians Explain Why Canada's Food Guide Is Not For Those With Eating Disorders

by Josée Sovinsky

“Canada’s Food Guide is not appropriate for many, including those healing from disordered eating or eating disorders. Canadian Registered Dietitians have teamed up to explain why, in the context of eating disorders, this tool might be more harmful than helpful.”


The Common Misconception About Intuitive Eating That Might Be Keeping You Stuck

by Nina Mills

"In the beginning, Intuitive Eating can feel like anything BUT intuitive."


How to make your Instagram body-positive, diverse and empowering

by Carol Rääbus

“Since I’m seeing myself projected in what I’m consuming, I’m becoming a lot more comfortable with myself, my body and also not caring as much what other people think.”


Muscles built when young can be banked for old age

by The Times

“During adolescence muscle growth is enhanced by hormones, nutrition and a robust pool of stem cells, making it an ideal period for individuals to ‘bank’ myonuclei that could be drawn upon in old age.”


I’m Running 10 Marathons This Year And I Still Get Fat-Shamed. Here’s My Response.

by Latoya Shauntay Snell

“I no longer want to ― or worry about ― fulfilling someone else’s fitness goals...I want to look into the mirror and be proud of the incredible athlete and human being that I’ve grown into.”


Take The Cake: Revisiting the Fat Liberation Manifesto 46 Years Later

by Virgie Tovar

“Forty-six years ago the Fat Underground could not have imagined the extraordinary impact that fat people all over the world are having right now.”


What 'Cake Daddy' can teach us about fatphobia

by Stevie Zipper

“I came to a point when it was clear that I had to change who I am in the world. I started renegotiating my assumptions about health. The sciences have been used as a weapon to keep fat people in their place and the medical field excludes fat people from research”


Privilege and Intuitive Eating: A Few Thoughts

by Lore McSpadden

“I came to a point when it was clear that I had to change who I am in the world. I started renegotiating my assumptions about health. The sciences have been used as a weapon to keep fat people in their place and the medical field excludes fat people from research”


Research & Clinical Practice

Could Your Higher Weight Patient Have Atypical Anorexia?

"Without knowledge specific to eating disorders and awareness of weight stigma, the psychologist could unwittingly cause harm to a patient with this presentation (weight loss goal)"

Spotts-De Lazzer, A., & Muhlheim, L. (2019). Could your higher weight patient have atypical anorexia? Journal of Health Service Psychology, 45, 3–10.


Soapbox & Shareables

Due to the success of the two day series over the last few years, Heath, Not Diets will continue to offer two days of non-diet approach workshops designed especially for dietitians in 2019.

The first day is a foundational workshop for dietitians and nutrition professionals who have not previously attended non-diet approach training, or who may like some revision and an update on research.

The Day 2 workshop is suitable for those who are looking to extend and consolidate their skills. The content for Day 2 is new each year to meet the changing needs of the profession. The workshops are on consecutive days so that you can choose to come to Day 1 ($280), Day 2 ($200) or both ($420).

Both workshops are presented by Fiona Willer, AdvAPD and Fiona Sutherland, APD, SDA.


I’m thrilled to have been on the Body Kindness Podcast with the awesome Rebecca Scritchfield ❤️


My FREE Introduction to the Non-Diet Approach course just had an update!

Be one of the first to enrol here:

Version 1 of this course has had more than 2000 enrolments since 2016 - don't miss out!


Body image goals 😍😍​


'Superfoods are like regular foods but they get their nutritional value from social media'


Like podcasts?

How about bite-sized podcasts that you can claim as professional development?!?

I've designed the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast to suit health professionals, health science students and anyone who wants to know more about human body weight, health outcomes, interpreting weight related research and the far ranging effects of weight bias.

The 20-30 minute monthly podcasts unpack different elements of weight bias & stigma, weight research, BMI, health behaviours and weight neutral approaches. Paid subscribers (only $5/month!) get instant access to the previous 15 episodes plus full show notes, reference list, self-test quiz and resource materials for use in practice. This equates to an hour of professional development activity each month :-)

Available for subscribers now is:

'Defining Diet Culture'

Ep 19: Diet culture is something that we frequently talk about as toxic in the eating disorder treatment and Health at Every Size worlds, but what is it? In this episode I unpack what constitutes body and diet culture, what we can do to dismantle it and how it contrasts with the subculture of the fat acceptance movement.

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