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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 15, 2019

April 12 - April 18, 2019

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Happy reading!


Articles & Blogs

Bacon Is Not The Enemy

by Gid M-K

"I think we can all agree that “KILLER RASHER: Pack of bacon a week increases risk of bowel cancer by a fifth” doesn’t really communicate the risk in a meaningful way."


Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money

by Aimee Groth

“entrepreneurs tend to have an admirable penchant for risk, [but] it’s usually that access to money which allows them to take risks.”


10 Tips on Receiving Critical Feedback: A Guide for Activists

by Brooke Anderson

"creating a movement culture in which feedback is expected, encouraged, and well-taken helps us build the deep trust and accountability essential to effective movement building.”


Yoga Is for Every Body

by Jade Lizzie

“Without diverse representation in yoga, it can feel like an exclusive and unwelcoming community”


Intuitive eating: The practice that ensures you'll never diet again

By Yasmin Noone

“My job is not to stop you from eating that food. My job is to help you understand how your life experiences, including thoughts emotions and behaviours, link with the way you eat. When you understand the connection between the two, you will become aware that you have a choice.”

From my esteemed colleague and dear friend Fiona Sutherland (The Mindful Dietitian ❤️)


Is Your Wellness Practice Just a Diet in Disguise?

by Melissa A. Fabello

“‘while the behaviors associated with an eating disorder may feel worlds away from your commitment to a vegan diet or fifty squats per day, the line is much more blurred than you might think—and what connects them both is diet culture.”


How postpartum bodies are affected by fatphobia

by Shia Diefotze

“While it is completely okay to celebrate a speedy and healthy recovery, it isn’t okay to reduce childbearing bodies to our ability to please or abide by the male gaze or a white supremacist, fatphobic and ableist society’s restrictive notions of “good bodies”.”


We Need More OB/GYN Clinics Just Like This (ASAP)

by Amber Leventry

"if all practices adopted their attention to care, everyone would get what they need and deserve.”


No, Sugar Isn’t the New Heroin

by Traci Mann

“Sweeping statements that vilify entire food groups (or specific foods) lead to eating rules that can backfire into overeating the forbidden foods or can become unhealthy obsessions, occupying valuable mental space and leading to self-shaming and other miseries.”


Addressing weight stigma

by The Lancet

Weight stigma is getting some air time in the Lancet. This might be a good piece to help advocate for attention to be given to stigmatizing factors in your workplace 🤓

CW: yes it’s still weight centric 🤬

Addressing weight stigma - The Lancet Public Health


The key to glorifying a questionable diet? Be a tech bro and call it 'biohacking'

by Monica Hesse

“They’re not ‘disrupting’ the way we consume food. They’re just doing the same crap women have been working to stop doing for years.”

CW: calorie figures and ED behaviours discussed


In a Society That Idolizes Thinness, These Women Love Their Larger Bodies

by Tessa Yannone

“The reality of being a fat person isn’t that every moment of your life is about being fat. It’s that you’re trying to live the same kind of complicated, exciting, fun, beautiful, difficult life as everyone else. The only problem, is that at every turn society says you should apologize for just living in your body”


Death of the calorie

by Peter Wilson

Interesting piece that includes some history about and critique of calorie counting.

Still weight centric though (and pro WW at the end urgh).

"calculating the exact calorific content of food is far harder than the confidently precise numbers displayed on food packets suggest"


15 Logical Fallacies You Should Know Before Getting Into a Debate

by David Ferrer

“A logical fallacy is an error in reasoning common enough to warrant a fancy name. Knowing how to spot and identify fallacies is a priceless skill. It can save you time, money, and personal dignity."


Soapbox & Shareables

I’m thrilled that the Non-Diet Approach is mentioned as ‘the future of dietetics’ in this advertisement for the Masters in Dietetics at Swinburne:

Are you a dietitian or dietetics student and want to learn about the Non-Diet Approach? Check out for guidebooks, online courses, podcasts and face-to-face workshops 🤓


Unpacking Weight Science Podcast

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:

'Dodgy Definitions:

'cravings', 'overeating', and 'bingeing''

Ep 21: The pathologization of body weight and eating behaviours spills out into well-known, often-used but ultimately meaningless terms. This episode takes you on a trip into the research involving and shaky ground of ‘overeating’, ‘cravings’ and bingeing’.

and instantly access 16 episodes before the rest of the world!

Episodes 1-5 are now on iTunes!

Search 'Unpacking Weight Science'

to listen to them for free!


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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