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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 28, 2019

July 12 - July 18, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Coffee doesn't increase cancer risk, researchers find

by Brendan Mounter

"Drinking coffee does not change a person’s risk of being diagnosed with or dying from cancer”


Pow! Comics are a way to improve queer men’s body image

by Phillip Joy, Matthew Numer, Megan Aston, Stephanie Gauvin

"comics used in health knowledge communication can have social and emotional benefits for patients, families and communities. Comics for health care!"


The HAES® files: An Open Letter to Dr. X, From a Former Fat Child

by 'Mary'

“The last thing they [kids] need to hear from a trusted authority figure is that there is something wrong with them that don’t have the resources to control.”


A Potential Hidden Factor in Why People Have So Much Trouble Losing Weight

by Amanda Mull

"[This molecular mechanism] might have evolved to protect mammals, including humans, when another meal might not be predictably forthcoming and the body’s ability to retain its resources would be a boon.”

Note: weight centric but interesting


Ending period 'taboo' gave USA marginal gain at World Cup

by Keiran Pender

"Often we are afraid of discussing this because we don’t really understand it,....I feel particularly for male coaches, who wonder how they would start this discussion.”


Why I’m at Peace with My Weight Gain

By Ginelle Testa

“This isn’t a happily-ever-after story where everything is perfect. Rather, body acceptance takes rigorous work as well as simply just letting myself be.”


The Bedpan: The poor can’t afford to follow public health advice

by Jack Serle

"If everyone followed Public Health England’s eating advice, people in the bottom decile of household income would spend 74 per cent of their income on food. So, there’s not much point telling them follow the healthy eating advice they can’t afford.”


Please, I Beg of You, Stop Asking Your Fitness Instructor for Nutrition Advice

by Shauna Harrison

“I may have decades of experience in fitness, have studied nutrition as it pertains to public health throughout all of my graduate programs, and have personally dealt with my fair share of nutritional issues, but I am not qualified to advise you on your personal, individual dietary needs.”


The tragic results of stem cell 'cures'

by Michael Hiltzik

"Doctors...discovered that the olfactory cells had never differentiated into neuronal cells [in the man’s spine], as the Portuguese clinic apparently expected, but kept growing on their own, producing a tumour of nasal cells that’s now too large to be surgically removed.”


5 Tips for Setting Boundaries (Without Feeling Guilty)

by Sharon Martin

“You may feel guilty or unjustified in asking for what you want or need...But you can untwist your negative beliefs about boundaries and learn to set them without feeling guilty. These five tips can help you get started.”


Body Positive Update

by katie by the lbs

"I curated my social media feed. I got rid of all the diet groups and social media accounts that followed. I adjusted my ad settings. I joined intuitive eating and health at every size groups. I began following all sorts of accounts with diverse bodies: people of all sizes, races, ability, gender, and orientation. My social media feed became a more realistic representation of what the world looks like. It has made a world of difference, and I think everyone should do this at some point in their life.”


Iowa woman sets world record for heaviest female to complete marathon

by Montse Ricossa

“So, I became an advocate and pushed for more 5Ks and to get larger sizes and get more people active. And once I started doing that, I decided ‘why not push myself to my limits?”


My Fellow Fitness Pros, It’s Time to Move Away From Weight Loss

by Brittany Guerin

“I felt like our industry was advancing. I was hopeful for a fitness industry that did not worship weight loss and thereby, trigger disordered exercise and eating behaviors."


5 Reasons You Should Try Intuitive Exercise

by Alissa Rumsey

“With intuitive movement, your body is in charge. When you begin to strengthen your internal awareness of your body and build up body trust, you learn to accept whatever it is your body needs that day.”


Research & Clinical Practice

Weight change and mortality and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with new-onset diabetes mellitus: a nationwide cohort study

by M. K. Kim, et al

This (open access) study found that larger-bodied people who lost more than 10% body weight after their type 2 diabetes diagnosis had a greater chance of early death than people whose weight remained pretty stable.

Kim, Mee Kyoung, et al. “Weight change and mortality and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with new-onset diabetes mellitus: a nationwide cohort study.” Cardiovascular diabetology 18.1 (2019): 36.


Soapbox & Shareables

"Y’all, having sled dogs has been so good for my body image. And not because mushing is a joy-filled, physical outdoor activity, although that’s true. It’s actually something much simpler than that."


Unpacking Weight Science Podcast

How about bite-sized podcasts that you can claim as professional development?!?

I've designed the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast to suit health professionals, health science students and anyone who wants to know more about human body weight, health outcomes, interpreting weight related research and the far ranging effects of weight bias.

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Available for subscribers now is:

'Starving in the Intensive Care Unit'

Ep 24: People of all sizes end up in intensive care, with their life hanging in the balance. Without modern medicine they’d be dead already. Despite this cutting edge of science setting, larger patients are often arbitrarily underfed. This episode discusses why this is, what the implications for larger patients are, and what we can do about it.

and instantly access 18 episodes before the rest of the world!

Episodes 1-5 are now on iTunes!

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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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