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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 16, 2019

April 19 - April 25, 2019

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Happy reading!


Articles & Blogs

Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death

by Brian Dunning

"a potentially fatal medical condition called refeeding syndrome [can arise when eating after long periods of severe starvation], where changes in body chemistry can trigger any of several causes of death.”

CW: discussion of holocaust


An exploration of differences between intuitive eating and mindful eating

by Lilia Graue

“both intuitive eating and mindful eating are practices that promote weight inclusivity and respectful care for all bodies”


Eating Disorders Before and After Bariatric Surgery

by Lauren Muhlheim

"A considerable number of people considering bariatric surgery may have an eating disorder. An existing eating disorder can make the outcome of bariatric surgery worse”


Why you gain belly fat after menopause (and why it's ok)

by Jessi Haggerty

“magazine and blog articles are swimming with information on how to lose weight post-menopause, but nobody is talking about just how harmful that mission might be.”


How Linus Pauling duped America into believing vitamin C cures colds

By Megan Theilking

“The idea that [vitamin C will] do much of anything for our colds is a stubbornly persistent myth”


Sofie Hagen: ‘Fat is a neutral word – I want us to reclaim it’

by Coco Khan

“‘To challenge fatphobia is to challenge capitalism and to see fat people in the context of other marginalised groups.”

Note: Pity the journalist still used a few ‘o’ words but overall piece is positive.


Inspired: This Campaign Featuring Plus Size Malaysian Women Poolside Are Giving Us LIFE!

by Marjenee Moon

“As the body positive movement gains steam, oftentimes, plus size models and women of Asian descent are still not usually included.”


Turns out, size 14 is no longer the average size for an American woman.

by Tod Perry

"we hope that the apparel industry can see the numbers and know that these women aren’t going away, they aren’t going to disappear, and they deserve to have clothing”


Are we really too busy to eat well?

by Bee Wilson

“time to enjoy food remains a basic human need, even as modern families, cuisine and patterns of work evolve.”


Eating Disorders and Body Image at Midlife and Beyond

by EDRDpro

"Although weight gain is normal and healthy for older women, the media and Western culture aggressively endorse a different narrative....Breaking down these toxic misconceptions are crucial to support prevention and treatment of eating disorders for women in midlife.”


Body Positivity In Entertainment Is About More Than Just Casting A Fat Lead

by Gianluca Russo

“Fatphobia is not like politics. There are not two sides to show and explore. Any content creator or network aiming to be body positive would only create stories that represent fat people in a truthful, sensitive way and do not belittle fat people, even in banter or asides.”


The Unbearable Weight of Fatphobia: A Conversation with Samantha Irby

by Sherronda J. Brown

“Whenever we talk about how absolutely pervasive this fatphobic culture is and how non-fat people actively participate in it, we get gaslighted by those committed to misunderstanding the fact that fatphobia is systemic and getting your feelings hurt is not."


Soapbox & Shareables

Yes, there is value in engaging in health enhancing behaviours like eating in a way that makes you feel physically and mentally good, moving your body in a way that makes you feel physically and mentally good, attending to your health needs by engaging in good self care as well as reaching out for help/advice/treatment in a timely manner etc. These things feel good now, they have relatively immediate short-term benefit.

All of these things also FEEL LIKE they should be reciprocated by longer-term PROTECTION against ill health. This is the kind of DEAL promised by those who advocate for intentional weight loss too. We all innately understand and are drawn to the concept of quid pro quo = exchange/reciprocation.


That's not really how biological health and disease works. Most of the determinants for your individual health/illness life are completely out of your hands, no matter how 'healthy' you perceive your lifestyle choices to be.

So do the things that help you feel how you want to feel now, but recognise that things may change for you, and go easy on your judgments of others.


Unpacking Weight Science Podcast

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

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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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