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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 29, 2019

July 19 - July 25, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong

by Darcey Steinke

"Out from under the haze of female hormones, I am a new creature, one closer to my former fierce little girl self.”


How Can We Tell When a Weight Loss study is Unreliable?

by Ali Thompson

"In all the years since the first diet manual was published in 1863, no one has been able to show a diet that produces permanent weight loss for the overwhelming majority of people. It seems like at this point, we should consider that any study claiming to do what no one else can is making an extraordinary claim. And extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”


Where are the bok choy or the plantains? Why U.S. dietitians should be more culturally aware.

by Cara Rosenbloom

“People come from diverse backgrounds, and starting a diet that doesn’t mesh with one’s culture ends up being a short-term solution that can make people feel restricted"


As a psychiatrist, if I had severe depression I’d choose ECT

by Mariam Alexander

"When I raise the possibility of ECT [electroconvulsive therapy] with patients and their carers, their response is often one of fear, arising from outdated ideas about the treatment. With accurate information most see ECT more positively, but still worry about what others might think. As is often the case with mental illness, insult is added to injury by layers of stigma and shame."


My Career As A Yoga Instructor Was A Cover For My Eating Disorder

by Lauren Donelson

"I burst into tears when I realized my entire career was built on an eating disorder. I made a living teaching people about an ancient spiritual practice while my own primary motivation was to shrink my body."


Outdoors For All: Plus-Size Climbers Challenge Stereotypes

By Colleen Stinchcombe

“even now, as an avid climber in Tacoma, Washington, Ortiz is one of many who have struggled to find gear that fits and to feel represented in the climbing world because of their size. Here’s how Ortiz and others are working to create a more inclusive climbing community.”


Woman Tweets Outrage At Macy's ‘Mom Jeans’ Plates. Macy's Surrenders.

by Hank Berrien

"[I] wanted to show the world how insidious beauty culture, and in this case one that shames women, can be. But I wanted Macy’s to know that what they carry and display matters, it can hurt people, and they’re accountable for it.”

Because, of course, a crockery company knows your exact energy requirements 🙄


Self-Criticism About Weight May Originate With Others

by Traci Pedersen

“Participants who reported experiencing weight stigma from others had higher levels of internalized weight bias than those who reported no experiences of weight stigma.”

Note: weight centric


Why it’s time for big beauty brands to embrace body positivity

by Nicola Moulton

"while more diversity is undoubtedly a good thing, any brand doing a swift 180, overlooking decades of promoting narrow beauty ideals in the hope of jumping on the body positive bandwagon can expect to be met with cynicism before being congratulated.”


What's deoxyribonucleotide in sign language?

by Hazel Martin

“He plans on building his library of signs to make science accessible to everyone.”


Women Are Dying in Car Accidents Because The Only Female Crash Test Dummy Weighs 110 Lbs.

by Maria Sherman

"[car] manufactures make very little effort to represent the bulk of human women when designing them”


The many reasons a British writer was wrong to disparage Nike’s plus-size mannequins

by Carrie Dennett

“You don’t have to look hard to find someone with no education or qualifications in weight science or weight stigma offering unsolicited advice and presenting opinions as facts.”

[and OMG I got quoted in the Washington Post eek!]


Nutrition Science Is Broken. This New Egg Study Shows Why.

by Timothy F. Kirn

“Rather than drastically cutting egg consumption,...I propose that there be a drastic cut in the production of weak observational nutrition studies and a moratorium on inflammatory media coverage of meaningless nutritional studies.”


Tummy rolls and cellulite: how reality is selling swimwear

by Caroline Leaper

“I think it’s absolutely necessary at this point to include all types of women in advertising,...It is a diverse mix of real bodies who are shopping for swimwear, so why shouldn’t the women modelling the items reflect this? It’s dated to do anything less.”


Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

by Zachary Sweger

“atypical eating behaviors were present in 70% of children with autism, which is 15 times more common than in neurotypical children”


Soapbox & Shareables

Squeeeeee!!! I've managed to be selected as a finalist for the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards in three categories!

- Dietitian of the Year Award

- Educator Excellence Award

- Impact Achievement Award

The award winners will be announced in September - fingers crossed!


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.

The 20-30 minute monthly podcasts unpack different elements of weight bias & stigma, weight research, BMI, health behaviours and weight neutral approaches. Paid subscribers (only $5/month!) get instant access to the previous 15 episodes plus full show notes, reference list, self-test quiz and resource materials for use in practice. This equates to an hour of professional development activity each month :-)

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!

Search 'Unpacking Weight Science'

to listen to them for free!


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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