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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 13, 2019

March 29 - April 4, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Dear Doctor, commenting on my weight is damaging…

by Richelle Tabelon

"please don’t make comments about my weight without me expressing concern about it or not knowing anything about my lifestyle or behaviour. It is not helpful and in fact is damaging"


What do you suppose Barbie would look like today?

by Erica Leon

“Reflecting now on what I went through my whole life with diets and body image and understanding these “normalized” culturized ideals around body weight, I know why it is so difficult to let go of the pursuit of weight loss.”


How to grieve the loss of the ideal body

by Ashlee Bennett

"the greater the space you perceive to be between your real and your ideal self, the more you’ll likely feel a sense of suffering, especially if you’ve placed your expectation for happiness in the ideal.”


Portion Control And Mindful Eating

by Nina Mills

“I’m just going to come right out and say it: portion control is NOT mindful eating.”


We Have To Talk About Thin Privilege.

By Kathleen Meehan

“As helping professionals, it’s important to practice with empathy, compassion and an understanding of the cultural norms that cause harm. We can’t dismantle what we don’t see, so it’s important to recognize that thin privilege and weight stigma are in fact, real.”


You Are Not Your Work

by Jeffrey Davis

“‘Workism’ makes us believe that we are what we do for our job or pay-related work, which leads us to adapt a work-obsessed mindset.”


It Took Me Years to Separate Working Out From Trying to Lose Weight. Here's How I Did It

by Louise Green

“Over many years and through a lot of self-work, my mind-set and behavior have completely changed. I now coach women to reframe their relationship with exercise from punitive and perfectionistic to joyful, empowered, and celebratory."


Experts reveal the best time to get the flu vaccine

by Mahsa Fratantoni

"protection following flu vaccination may begin to wear off after three to four months, so timing of the vaccination is critical to make sure you are not unprotected at the end of the season.”


Let's smash school weigh-ins and teach kids body positivity instead

by McCall Dempsey

“I know with time, we will be able to make some bigger changes to eliminate weight talk and create a body positive culture for our children.”


That Time I Was In a Childhood Weight Control Study

by Liza Eckert

“it was extremely weird to see this thing that had such a lasting negative impact on my life boiled down into six pages for a medical journal"

CW: descriptive account of participating in weight loss research study during childhood


If you’re unhappy with your body, just repeat after us: You are the new hotness

by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

“The Bikini Industrial Complex, or BIC, has successfully created a culture of immense pressure to conform to an ideal that is literally unobtainable by almost everyone and yet is framed not just as the most beautiful, but the healthiest and most virtuous.”


Fat Bias Kept Me Sick — But Not In The Way You Think

by Lesley Kinzel

“fat bias did keep me sick for a long time, but it wasn’t only the fat bias of doctors ― it was also fat bias hidden away in myself. I never advocated for myself on this issue. I let myself believe I was “unhealthy,” and so I failed to report my symptoms. This was a shock because I thought I knew better.”


Fat? Why your body is not a problem to be fixed

by Naomi Arnold

“Fat people are so dehumanised in our society that those who are protective of their mental health actually have to demand of our mainstream media that real human beings deserve the respect of their head — along with their brain, feelings, mouth, and voice.”


Privilege Literacy: Why we Need to Know About the Effects of Power, Privilege and Status to Live Nonviolently

by Sarah Peyton

“the more advantage a person has, the less likely they are to consider others"


Soapbox & Shareables

FAST TRACK TRIAL Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)Research Risk/Benefit Ethics Position Statement

"Research that promises few to no reasonably anticipated benefits alongside serious risks in a vulnerable population, such as appears to be the case in this study, should not proceed.”

Research Risk/Benefit Ethics Position Statement…

Lend your support to stop this trial here:…


Unpacking Weight Science Podcast

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Training Opportunities in 2019


Fremantle, Western Australia, 26-27 June

Auckland, New Zealand, 7-8 October

Melbourne, Victoria, 12-13 October

Newcastle, New South Wales, 21-22 November


Perth, Western Australia, 28 June

Auckland, New Zealand, 9 October

Melbourne, Victoria, 11 October

Newcastle, New South Wales, 23 November



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