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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 22, 2019

May 31 - June 6, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

I’m obese. I want a healthy lifestyle. But it’s often inaccessible to disabled people like me.

by Pasquale Toscano

"Our [disabled and fat] bodies are doubly a spectacle, not only because of our size but because we move and function differently in the world, two realities that mutually inform and magnify one another.”

CW: weight centrism in the context of lived experience


Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

by Virginia Heffernan

“I finally took in...the idea that body size and food consumption might, just might, not be the be-all and end-all of health and well-being, and that worrying about body size and food consumption—and haphazardously dieting in sync with those worries—might be compromising, rather than improving, my life.”


The Photographers Fighting Instagram’s Censorship of Nude Bodies

by Kelsey Ables

"the censoring of bodies is a centuries-old tradition. Not unlike the Catholic Church’s efforts in 1563 to hide the penises of Renaissance sculptures with fig leaves, today, nudity is blotted out by pixels on Instagram photos.”


Fatphobia In Eating Disorder Recovery Exists. And Now My Friend Might Die Because Of It.

by Sam Dylan Finch

Fatphobia in eating disorder recovery exists. And now my friend might die because of it.

[Shira’s a friend of mine and I can vouch for the authenticity of this piece. I wish I could fly to the US, scoop her up and help her! It sounds like funds for treatment with another facility is the most practical way to help, so I’ve donated, wish I could do more😢]


The Body Positivity Movement Isn't For Me, So I'll Be Seeking Fat Acceptance Elsewhere

By Katie Greenall

“although it was at times painful, starting to talk out about my experiences as a fat person was very liberating. It was these conversations, combined with tapping into the fat community online really changed my outlook on my body, and in turn enabled me to create a show talking about my, and other people’s, relationship to my body."


Our guidelines for reporting medical research

by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and WA Today

These are a great step in the right direction!


I See You, Fat Grrl: Fat Pride and Fat Visibility

by Dr. Darci

“Fat visibility is powerful. Fat pride is contagious. And, fat has just as much a right to be a part of the physical and cultural landscape on our campus (and other spaces) as the incessant exercising and moralistic health chatter”


Decoding Nutrition Nonsense: Have We Lost The Plot In Our Quest For 'Wellness'?

by Sarah Blais

"Nutrition myths masquerading as health or medical advice are everywhere, and despite us being the sentient and intelligent beings that we are, with unlimited access to good, solid, evidence-based info online, it’s still so easy to fall into the trap of believing in nutrition nonsense.”


Slow is a celebrated four-letter word for back-of-the-pack runners

by Ragen Chastain

“The people I met kept me coming back. The running community is, for the most part, welcoming and inclusive...They don’t care if you’re young or old, fast or slow, thin or fat. They’re just happy you love what they love.”


Eating disorder cases have doubled globally, new research shows

by Anthony Colangelo

"The current popular health responses [to ob***ty] are contributing to an increase in eating disorders, as it is hyper-focussed on eating behaviours and demonising food and restriction of food as one of the solutions”


We’re Not Lapping People On the Couch

by Ragen Chastain

“one of the things that athletes who are also Size Acceptance activists must speak out about is the way that fitness culture, and our culture in general, can tend to elevate our choice of hobby to a status symbol in ways that are ableist and healthist. The truth is that participating in fitness/athletics is no more or less virtuous than knitting a tea cozy. Running a marathon is no better or worse than watching a Netflix marathon.”


This native superfood is 8 times as nutritious as potato and tastes as sweet as coconut

by Sophie Verass

“Since 2011, Gurandgi Munjie, a group of Aboriginal men and women...began reviving methods of traditional horticulture and reaping the native foods that followed. The project aimed not only to recover First Peoples’ traditional foods and culture, but also to become a unique food-led form of reconciliation where the work of Indigenous growers could provide healthy produce for high-end and commercial chefs and restaurants."


What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You

by Amanda Mull

“Based on conversations she’s had with Japanese researchers, Lee believes that [pedometer] name was chosen for the product because the character for “10,000” looks sort of like a man walking. As far as she knows, the actual health merits of [walking] that number [of steps daily] have never been validated by research.”


Dating apps users 'more likely to have unhealthy attitudes to weight'

by BBC Health

“With the tremendous growth in dating app usage in the US, and an increasing number of studies linking their use to body image concerns and unhealthy weight control behaviours, there is a need to further understand how dating apps influence health behaviours and outcomes.”


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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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