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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 19, 2019

May 11 - May 17, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Men of Manual campaign challenges male body image in the media

by Alex R. Holmes

"the Men of Manual campaign seeks to highlight the different shapes men come in, embracing their bodies and their mental health.”


Super Fat Erasure: 4 Ways Smaller Fat Bodies Crowd the Conversation

by Caleb Luna

“Focusing on smaller fat people not only redefines what fatness is, but also obscures the goals necessary to achieve justice for those most affected by fat stigma.By focusing on and centering those who are most likely to experience street harassment, negligent medical care, wage discrimination and other avenues of the most violent forms of fat stigma, we can liberate us all."


Prediabetes: The epidemic that never was, and shouldn't be

by Isabel Beshar and Hank Campbell

"It’s...unclear if the predictive value of prediabetes is actually valuable. The most recent long-term epidemiological surveys show that only 5 to 10 percent of patients labeled prediabetic actually progress to diabetes, with a full 50 percent of people reverting to normal glycemia in follow-up visits. This may be why the WHO and International Diabetes Federation have effectively de-adopted the “prediabetes” lexicon, noting that “so many people do not progress to diabetes as the term implies.””


Disabled people don’t need so many fancy new gadgets. We just need more ramps.

by S. E. Smith

“Members of the public view disability as a tragedy and a personal problem, so individualized tech “fixes” are appealing but ignore the larger issue: Why is everyone afraid of the big bad wheelchair?”


Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Symptoms and Treatments Explained By Experts

By Amy Brewster

“Obviously any negative comments about that individual’s appearance are going to be a major trigger for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Equally, many individuals with BDD say they struggle with compliments as they then feel pressure to look exactly like that all the time.”


7 Tips for Building a Better Body Image as an Adult

by Cleveland Clinic

“While getting older may bring with it a certain sense of self-acceptance and the ability to reject the unrealistic beauty ideals that we see around us, aging also brings with it a new set of challenges to our self-esteem.”

CW: brief weight centrism in one section


Here's What The Head Of New Orleans Film Festival Has To Say About Being Fat At Work

by Virgie Tovar

“Advocates and role models from within our own communities are everything in the fight to end stigma and shame for fat people so that we can lead more joyous lives. I encourage you to hold yourself gently, gather your courage and move boldly forward. You’ve already got what it takes, right now, in this fat body.”


Keeping the body in mind: Social prescribing and mental health

by Amanda Lyons

"social prescribing is focused on community, connectedness, and mind–body care, [so] the tools of treatment can be incredibly broad, including everything from gardening groups to literacy classes.”


I Can't Stay Body Positive When My Body Is In Pain

by Jolie A. Doggett

“Let your body be a body, and to be a body means that you’re going to experience illness. Everyone does, and it doesn’t matter how much kale you eat”


Dietary Restraint: Restriction By Another Name?

by Andrea

"How is it possible to simultaneously discourage a focus on thinness while using this information to encourage people to aim for thinness?"


As Your Doctor, I Won’t Indiscriminately Give Weight Loss Advice Anymore

by Joshua Wolrich

“My job as a doctor is to try and improve the health of my patients. But if I indiscriminately prescribe weight loss without an understanding of the nuance and potential harm my advice can have, I’m not doing my job properly.”

CW: some weight centrism


Anti-Diet Books Are the New Diet Books

by Phoebe Hurst

“Anti-diet writing may have a long legacy, but this is the first time that books seeking to dismantle diet culture have become a genre of their own, separate from feminism or food history”


Positive influencers: The Kiwi women changing the face of Instagram

by Alex Casey

“if a photo of my cute face or my body makes someone read a long caption and unpack what they think about bodies and body hair, then I will post my hairy legs and fat ass all day long.”


Female scientists start a database to showcase their work. Over 9,000 women join them

by Katie Kindelan

“The Request a Scientist database was created as an easy-to-use resource where someone could go to find a female scientist based on her area of expertise, location, discipline, career stage and areas of interest.”


A Day at the Gym With Jessamyn Stanley

by Brittney McNamara

“My workout philosophy is “have fun.” Not “lose weight,” not “tone up,” not “be healthy.” It’s “have fun.” When I focus on having fun, I’m able to enjoy working out in the way that human beings are meant to enjoy physical exercise.”


Research & Clinical Practice

Association of Leisure-Time Physical Activity Across the Adult Life Course With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality

by Saint-Maurice, Pedro F., et al.

“Increasing leisure time physical activity later in adulthood was associated with mortality benefits that were similar to those associated with maintaining higher levels of physical activity across the adult life course ... These benefits held similarly for men and women and were independent of changes in BMI over time ... Our findings suggest that it is not too late for adults to become active.”

Saint-Maurice, Pedro F., et al. “Association of Leisure-Time Physical Activity Across the Adult Life Course With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality.” JAMA network open 2.3 (2019): e190355-e190355.


Listen… and Speak: A Discussion of Weight Bias, its Intersections with Homophobia, Racism, and Misogyny, and Their Impacts on Health

by Gerry Kasten

“let’s grab a new epistemology, one that embraces body positivity and healthy behaviours, and let the weight discourse fade into the oblivion it deserves."

Kasten, Gerry. "Listen… and speak: A discussion of weight bias, its intersections with homophobia, racism, and misogyny, and their impacts on health." Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 79.3 (2018): 133-138.


Soapbox & Shareables

Sofie Hagan talking body liberation vs body positivity 🙂


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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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