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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 26, 2019

June 28 - July 4, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Is saturated fat as bad for us as we think?

by Catriona Nguyen-Robertson

"Saturated fats aren’t just saturated fats...They don’t all increase your risk of cardiovascular disease"

Note: the consensus for food groups is now as follows-

Positive correlation with health & mortality: fruit, veg, wholegrains, nuts/seeds

Neutral relationship: dairy foods, eggs, pale-ish meats incl fish and chicken

Negative correlation with health and mortality: red meat (mild effect), chargrilled/burned meats, esp red meats (definitely negative), and nitrate/nitrite preserved meats like some hams (definitely negative)

As always, dose is of critical importance and eating the foods with negative relationships every now and then is no big deal at all.

'Party' foods are only an issue when they crowd out the 'core' foods, over a lifetime of eating.....


Your Adolescent Daughter Doesn’t Have a Weight Problem. She’s Going Through Puberty.

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen

"It’s true that harping on weight is not the way to go (i.e., comments about weight or encouraging girls to lose weight); but educating girls about why they gain weight is very much needed."


How to conquer your fear of feeling judged when you exercise

by Kimberly Gillan

“Our bodies adapt to the stimulus we provide them, so there’s no need to be naturally strong – it’s something that can be built up over time”


The Power of One Push-Up

by James Hamblin

"A good metric of health should be meaningful, measurable, actionable, and durable. Body weight and BMI aren’t always meaningful or actionable—as many people who’ve tried to change theirs are aware.”


The first black Barbie to use a wheelchair is here, and people are loving the message it sends to kids

by Amanda Krause

"To design the wheelchair, the team collaborated with partners at UCLA Mattel Children’s hospital and wheelchair experts to create a toy that is modeled after a real, rigid-frame wheelchair”


The body positivity movement is not for slim bodies already accepted by society

By Stephanie Yeboah

“body positivity is not about boosting the confidence of people with conventionally attractive and ‘acceptable’ figures. The world already does that for them.

Body positivity is supposed to be a political movement that fights the systematic oppression that fat people face on a daily basis.”


Children wise to fear hand dryers, and 13-year-old proves it with published paper

by Pamela Fieber

"Children who say hand dryers “hurt my ears” are correct.A new research paper by that very title has just been published in Paediatrics & Child Health, Canada’s premier peer-reviewed pediatric journal.

And the researcher, 13-year-old Nora Keegan, has been studying the issue since she was nine years old.”


Young Girls Reject Mattel’s “Curvy” Barbie

by Renee Engeln

“whether we’re talking about Barbie bodies or human bodies, there is a long list of good reasons to encourage children to accept and respect the diversity of bodies they will encounter throughout their lives.”


Woman, 32, who developed bulimia at 11 after she was sent to fat camp says she’s happier now she’s 21 stone

by Martha Cliff

"We have to give ourselves permission to divest from our hurtful narratives, resolve our traumas, and truly be all of who we are, not just the dimensions that seem socially acceptable”


We’ll never achieve ‘true wellness’ if we’re all too hungry to get the job done

by Laura Thomas

“We forget that bodies are messy and that is the way it is supposed to be. Elite wellness sells us the lie that if we just follow the rules, it will all be under control.”

CW: calorie limit for one of these ridiculous ‘programs’ is stated.


21 Body Positive Stories from Real Women Who'll Inspire You to Love Yourself More

by Karla Walsh

"I looked at my body, the body that had given birth to five babies, that had been through unbearable stress and most recently, a major surgery and I looked at it in a new light. Instead of failing me, it’s been carrying me”


Amazing illustrators on the body-positive art breaking female taboos

by Giacomo Lee

“if we can normalise conversation about vulvas, begin to unlearn the negative messages that have been perpetuated and see them beyond their basic physiological functions, it will lead us to having a better relationship with that part of our body.”

Definitely NSFW


Karoline Vitto's Body Positive Clothing Collection Celebrates Rolls & Bulges

by Marlen Komar

“I wanted to question why we submit ourselves to constant body modifications, or tight lingerie, or why we body shame ourselves so much, when we could see our bodies as something that could be appreciated by its natural texture, form, or lines”


‘If the land is sick, you are sick’: An Aboriginal approach to mental health in times of drought

by Georgina Kenyon

“The traditional expert–patient relationship of psychological treatment has often been seen by Aboriginal people as being based on that of the colonial master and the colonised. That’s a problem if...colonisation is also the primary source of Aboriginal people’s distress and often the underlying cause of depression and suicidal feelings.”


Link to eating disorders raises concerns about school health programs

by Adriana Barton

““the pervasive messages about healthy eating in today’s schools may be enough to push some children at risk for eating disorders over the edge.”

CW: weight centrism from the usual suspects 🙄


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Training Opportunities in 2019


Fremantle, Western Australia, 26-27 June SOLD OUT

Auckland, New Zealand, 7-8 October

Melbourne, Victoria, 12-13 October

Newcastle, New South Wales, 21-22 November


Perth, Western Australia, 28 June SOLD OUT

Auckland, New Zealand, 9 October

Melbourne, Victoria, 11 October

Newcastle, New South Wales, 23 November



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