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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 30, 2019

July 26 - August 1, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Glorious Fat People: My Gratitude for Finding Comfort in an Uncomfortable World

by Dawn Clark

"the biggest change for me post-[NAAFA]-conference has been that I came home and for the first time, talked about all my experiences. I did not tone it down for my friends, family, and coworkers. I didn’t try to accommodate their uncomfortableness in how I look or choose to talk about my body.”


Why are we suppressing joy and creating barriers to health?

by Carrie Dennett

"One of those times I wanted to punch something was when she told her doctor what she was doing for exercise, and that she was working with me, a registered dietitian nutritionist. Her doctor responded by recommending a commercial weight loss program (claiming that it has a high record of success, which is untrue) and prescribing a generic exercise plan."


Why Cadbury’s new ‘diet’ Dairy Milk is nothing to celebrate

by Sofie Hagen

“Our obsession with weight loss and dieting is unhealthy, and doesn’t actually make us thin or happy. Quite the opposite, actually: it is dangerous."


Stop using food as a proxy for moral virtue

by Marni Soupcoff

"the healthiest thing any of us could do would be to refrain from casting food choices as definitive evidence of moral character or necessary determinants of vitality”


How To Tell If You’re Emotional Eating Or Actually Hungry

by Christina Turner

"Mindful eating stems from mindfulness and is a practice that helps us to slow down, be more present and listen to our body signals and senses at meal times to eat in a really non-judgmental way."


Comic Relief

By Emily Silverman

“I’m sure there are many doctors who live lives of laughter, and many comedians who don’t. I’m sure the world of television is plagued with the same problems of ego and bureaucracy as is the world of academic medicine. But perhaps the beauty isn’t in the arriving, but in the longing itself—in the desire to cross over, which burns within us, driving us forward until we are bones."


Yes, I have gained weight, thanks for noticing

by Cheryl Strachan

"Perhaps the weight gain is a sign of a health problem. If so, deal with that. Going on a diet or tripling your gym time won’t address the underlying concern."


Florence Welch On Addiction, Eating Disorder Recovery, And Finding True Happiness In Her 30s

by Florence Welch

“An eating disorder wants you silent, ashamed, isolated. It will tell you anything to keep you all to itself. It’s probably telling you right now that you shouldn’t say its name, that it’s your friend. But your body is more than a thing to be looked at, it works with you, not against you. You do not beat your own heart.”


What exactly is a disease?

by Duane Mellor and Shahid Merali

"“what exactly is a disease and who gets to decide?”

Case in point: the decision to medicalise normal human body size variation.


How to Feel Normal When the World Says You’re Too Big

by Virgie Tovar

“Most media normalizes an uncommon body type, and many of us have internalized the message that a below-average weight is normal and attainable.”


“I ask everyone working in public health and other health fields to put down tools” – and read this

by Summer May Finlay

"We need people working in the public health space to stop and reflect on how they, through their practice, even subconsciously marginalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of doing business."


My Whole Identity Was Health and Wellness. My Reality Was Disordered Eating

by Christy Harrison

“In my life up until that point, all I’d ever known of nutrition and fitness was what I’d picked up from the diet culture we live in: that “being healthy” means depriving yourself of the foods you want, taking a no-pain-no-gain approach to physical activity, and keeping a close watch on the scale. I equated these dieting behaviors with taking my health seriously.”


10 Vital Ways to Support Fat Students on Campus

by Kacie Otto

“Most campuses and student affairs professionals do not do enough to support fat students and end fat oppression. But inclusion must include body size diversity, or we are failing fat students in all racial, queer, and socio-economic groups."


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.”


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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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