HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 24, 2019

June 14 - June 20, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

My fat body is my own business

by Stephanie Yeboah

"We understand research has had negative impacts on community in the past, so we want to change that power imbalance. We want to have community direct the things that we do”​​


Aboriginal health issues more than just skin deep

by Helen Pitt

"I think there’s a feistiness that drives my patient care and work in Indigenous health more broadly – I want to fight for the vulnerable, the people who deserve better than what they’ve got so far"


RoundUp Isn’t Poisoning Your Cheerios

by Gid M-K

“Fortunately for everyone who likes breakfast, the truth is a bit less scary...Cheerios probably aren’t giving you cancer after all.”


Fashion Is Ignoring Plus-Size Men, So These Models Are Paving Their Own Way

by Evan Ross Katz

"That ability to openly love oneself, while a pillar of the body positivity movement writ large, remains a lesser spoken about factor for men, body positive or otherwise, due in large part to the pervasiveness of toxic masculinity, which masquerades the idea of loving oneself as soft in a world where men must be tough.”


When You’re Told You’re Too Fat to Get Pregnant

by Virginia Sole-Smith

"there is no B.M.I. cut-point above which it is absolutely unsafe to have a pregnancy...and weight loss does not ensure a safer pregnancy”


No, poor NZ families don’t just need to make ‘better choices’

by Rebekah Graham

“There is a fundamental contradiction between the societal dictate that “beggars can’t be choosers” and nutritional advice that people in hardship simply need to “make better food choices”. Food insecurity is a far-reaching social issue that is not reducible to notions of individual choice. Indeed, blaming individuals for not growing their own vegetables or for making “poor choices” on limited means merely perpetuates the shame and stigma associated with food scarcity."


Reversing “Obesity”

Before & After, Testimonials, and Mass Weight Loss

by Jon Robison

"there is nothing wrong with testimonials – people saying how they feel about a program. But if the promised outcome is permanent weight loss – testimonials at the end of an intervention don’t tell you anything about that outcome. No getting around it. The plural of anecdote is not science!”


Don’t Yuck My Yum: Kids Books That Dismantle Orientalism & Food Shaming

by Books For Littles

“Find children’s books that dismantle racist food shaming against American Asian & Pacific Islanders.”


Eating disorders can mask autism in girls

by Caitlin Fitzsimmons

"Some researchers believe autism and anorexia share an underlying genetic vulnerability. Another theory is that missed or delayed diagnosis of autism in girls could leave them vulnerable to developing secondary mental health problems, including anorexia.”


How Social Rejection Causes Stress and Inflammation

by Amee Severson

“The obsession with inflammation and dietary changes often misses the very preventable cause of inflammation and disease-stress, which can result from obvious and universal, yet underestimated, moments like social rejection.”


One in seven adults have 'suicidal thoughts' about body image

by The Gazette

"The poll....part of a report “Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies”....also found that just over on third of all adults said they have felt anxious because of their body image.”


The mindfulness conspiracy

by Roland Purser

“teachers of mindfulness need to acknowledge that personal stress also has societal causes. By failing to address collective suffering, and systemic change that might remove it, they rob mindfulness of its real revolutionary potential, reducing it to something banal that keeps people focused on themselves.”


What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities

by Susie Neilson

“The exclusion of people with disabilities from the biomedical workforce undermines the goal of achieving true diversity and is a missed opportunity for science and medicine"


Study Finds Hundreds of Medical Procedures To Be Ineffective

by Jessica Baron

“Once a treatment becomes widespread, it’s difficult to get people – physicians included – to abandon it.”