HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 7, 2019

February 15 - February 21, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Addressing Medicine’s Bias Against Patients Who Are Overweight

by Rita Rubin

"the overwhelming evidence is that by recommending weight loss to your patient in a primary care appointment, when that’s not what they’re there for, does not help them” CW: this is JAMA so it’s still pretty weight centric


Before you bleat about what's in a lunchbox, check your privilege

by Emma Beckett

“Telling people to avoid processed foods without addressing the drivers that underpin those choices is like fighting a bushfire with a garden hose.”


Anorexia knows no body type — and thinking otherwise can be a barrier to treatment

by Carrie Dennett

"medical complications from severe calorie restriction can be serious at any body weight”


Race Weight

by Kate Grace

“Even in this specific and competitive world, I’ve only hindered myself when I focussed too much on how my body looks, as opposed to what it can do."

CW: account of disordered eating


Death Gave Me A Push

By Deborah, from My Mind My Body

“The illness and subsequent death of my father really put my eating issues into perspective. Food and my weight just didn’t seem all that important anymore”CW: discussion of grief and eating disorder


"I should be able to provide that": How welfare-to-work affects low-income single mother's food provision

by Natalie Jovanovski

“Current welfare policies [in Australia] are forcing mothers to compromise on their own and their children’s nutritional intake, due to a combination of inadequate payments and compliance requirements which make them time-poor.”


Vices of the mind: fake news, conspiracy theories, bullshit etc…

by Richard Marshall

“An epistemic vice is a personal intellectual failing – usually a character trait, attitude or way of thinking – that systematically obstructs the gaining, keeping or sharing of knowledge”


The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes

by Ed Yong

"Women have always been influential in science but their achievements have simply not been given the recognition they deserve....That can be changed.”


That Sugar Activity

by Kelly, of Embracing Nutrition

“The problem with the anti-sugar movement is that fear-mongering and misinformation drive misguided belief-based messages and twisted truths. The human body is complex in biology and genetics as well as our environment it interacts with. The simplicity of the message ‘quit sugar’ or ‘eat less sugar’ neglects to recognise that health is far beyond a single ingredient like sugar.”


As A Psychologist, These Are The Problems I See With ‘Diet Culture’

by Alexis Conason

“When a mom posts seeking weight-loss tips, harming her child is probably the furthest thing from her mind. She is in distress and believes that changing her body will help her feel better. These posts are a manifestation of the ways that women are taught that our value is in our appearance and smaller is always better.”


#MarALard*ss and the Left’s Fat Problem

by Your Fat Friend

“We champion the war on obesity and the childhood obesity epidemic without regard for what our tactics actually do to the fat people — including the fat children — we hold dear. Yes, we have passively accepted scripts that were staged long before our time, but each time we recite their lines, we send a clear message that we don’t respect fat people, and that fat people’s dignity isn’t worth considering.”


Addressing Microagressions During Eating Disorder Treatment: Cultural Humility and Intersectional Views of Our Work

by Robin Hornstein

“The secret of intersectional work is not to have no biases, it is to own whatever biases you have, to explore them outside of [your counseling work], and not to allow them to remain in a dark corner whispering “truths” that guide your clinical work.”


Society insists that laziness makes us fat – now science proves this is baseless bigotry

by Sirena Bergman

“being thin isn’t in fact a sign of virtue or health, for the most part it’s a genetic predisposition, much like eye colour, hair texture or the size of your feet.”


Landmark study to track gay and bisexual men's attitudes on body image

by ABC News Breakfast

"Findings from Gay Bodies Worldwide will transform our understanding of the psychology of male physical appearance and will help us develop cutting-edge treatments for gay and bisexual men with life-threatening body and eating disorders”


'Change Clothes To Fit Women. Don't Ask Women To Change To Fit Clothes,' Says Pari Passu