HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 21, 2019
May 24 - May 30, 2019
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Articles & Blogs
My Trans Wife and Daughter Taught Me How to Finally Love My Body
by Amanda Jetté Knox
"the way I felt, filled with shame and self-loathing, is not the way I feel today. Today, I feel stronger. I am stronger.”
Beyond Lip Service: Confronting Our Prejudices Against Higher-Weight Clients
by Judith Matz
“I’ve come to believe that the way we as therapists feel about our clients’ body size is not only a clinical concern, but a social justice issue. It’s not easy to challenge internal attitudes that are reinforced every day in the general culture, but if you’re willing to go against the cultural current, here are some things you can do to help you assess—and transform—your internalized views about weight and dieting.”
5 Ways You Equate Diet with Health — And Why You’re Wrong.
by Amee Severson
"There is no health condition that exists exclusively in fat people. We are all at risk for pretty much everything — just to varying degrees. Correlation is not causation.”
Nova Scotia woman seeking breast-reduction surgery wins discrimination case
by Nicole Munro
“Nova Scotians will no longer be required to have a body mass index of 27 or less for MSI-covered breast reduction surgery.”
You Can’t ‘Starve’ Cancer, but You Might Help Treat It With Food
By James Hamblin
“Nutrients or vitamins are not simply good or bad, cancer-causing or cancer-fighting. If a book or blog recommends a single “cancer diet”—or even a supplement that promises to fight cancer—beware. It could end up making things worse. Especially if there is a person on the cover in a white coat with arms folded, and with teeth that look like they have never been used."
The Lucrative Black Market in Human Fat
by Christopher Forth
“at the start of the modern era, fat played a very different role in Western cultures—that of a medical commodity."
CW: spectacularly gruesome with side orders of historical accounts of classism and colonialism
Put down the self-help books. Resilience is not a DIY endeavour
by Michael Ungar
“Resilience is not a DIY endeavour. Self-help fails because the stresses that put our lives in jeopardy in the first place remain in the world around us even after we’ve taken the “cures.” The fact is that people who can find the resources they require for success in their environments are far more likely to succeed than individuals with positive thoughts and the latest power poses."
Heard of Health At Every Size? Here’s What the Body-Positive Concept Really Means
by Nina Mills
"HAES [Health at Every Size] recognizes genetic body diversity as a natural phenomenon. Within this framework, weight is neutralized, and the relentless pursuit of thinness is understood as problematic.”
5 myths about registered dietitians
by Carrie Dennett
“I know that balanced nutrition, presented in a delicious way, is a powerful tool for health, well-being and pleasure, but practicing “good nutrition” is not a moral imperative.”
Periods, Fertility and Eating Disorders
by Funky Forest
"Having a period is NOT a reliable indicator of optimal health and nutrition status.”
Train gym coaches to spot potential mental health problems - call for change
“Personal trainers need to be equipped to see the danger signs [of eating disorders and compulsive exercise] and approach people without making things worse – they should definitely have mental health first aid training.”
Google Maps launches a 'wheelchair accessible' option for 6 cities
by Isobel Hamilton
“Big cities like London usually aren’t known for being easily accessible to people using wheelchairs, but a new feature from Google Maps is a step toward making it easier.”
Research & Clinical Practice
Against Moral Responsibilisation of Health: Prudential Responsibility and Health Promotion
by Rebecca C. H. Brown, Hannah Maslen and Julian Savulescu
"This article addresses the legitimacy of so-called ‘responsibilising’ approaches to state health promotion. Typically aimed at encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyles, such approaches sometimes instruct [people] to ‘take responsibility’ for their health, or communicate that [people] are morally responsible—and potentially subject to moral criticism—for their (poor) health. We interrogate the claim that [people] are, and should be, considered responsible for their health, and the extent to which moral responsibility is relevant to assessments of health-related behaviour.”
Rebecca C H Brown, Hannah Maslen, Julian Savulescu, Against Moral Responsibilisation of Health: Prudential Responsibility and Health Promotion, Public Health Ethics, 2019, phz006
A Weight-Neutral Approach to Health and Fitness Instruction
by Brian Souza
Here's a great academic paper that summarises the HAES (Health at Every Size) approach for fitness professionals - it's a good one for other health professionals too!
"Much of the criticism of this approach fails to fully understand or acknowledge that accepting one’s size is not about giving up on health. To the contrary, the philosophy of the HAES approach to health is empowerment.