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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 17, 2019

April 26 - May 2, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Weight-loss surgery and risk of pregnancy and birth complications

by European Association for the Study of Obesity

"pregnant women with a history of weight-loss surgery should be considered as high-risk, be provided additional support throughout pregnancy, and mother and baby should be monitored closely"

It's no great surprise that surgically-induced undernutrition might have an impact on the health of offspring. Studies from dieting mothers in Japan show us that babies born to them have lower density kidney tissue which means they'll be permanently predisposed to high blood pressure, increasing their risk of stroke. Studies of women who were pregnant during famines show us that those babies went on to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in their adulthood.

It's abhorrent that many assisted fertility clinics will not accept people above a certain BMI literally leading to people desperate to be parents down the path to bariatric surgery in order to be even let in the door to fertility assistance.


How Fatphobia Prevented Me from Getting Help for My Eating Disorder

by Shira Rosenbluth

“I learned very quickly that because I wasn’t underweight, eating was optional — despite having an eating disorder. I would be praised for the exact same behaviors that were of huge concern for someone in a smaller body."

CW: account of eating disorder and denial of care due to body weight


Social media influencers are dishing out false nutrition and weight loss advice 90% of the time

by Adam Forrest

"We found that the majority of the blogs could not be considered credible sources of weight management information, as they often presented opinion as fact and failed to meet UK nutritional criteria"

Note: this is even BEFORE the scientific flaws in weight loss research and 'credible weight loss advice' are considered.


Coping when your friends, colleagues, and family are still dieting

by Meredith Noble

“We can feel empowered when we’re at home browsing body positive Instagram feeds, reading articles about fat acceptance, and practicing self-care activities. But things get much trickier when we interact with others who are not familiar with this approach to food.”