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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 33, 2019

August 16 - August 22, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Is Anti-Fat Bias Making People Sick?

by Renee Engeln

“After analyzing data from a four-year longitudinal study of several thousand older adults living in England, the authors concluded that the “psychosocial strain of weight stigma may account for a notable proportion of the obesity-related disease burden.””

CN: some stigmatizing terms used


I Started Dieting At Age 4. I Know How Harmful Weight Watchers' New 'Kids' Program Is.

by Savala Trepczynski

“My parents put me on diets because they were trying to protect me. They thought my life would be easier if I were thin instead of fat. They might have been right, but only because fat people are subject to irrational, cruel, highly political bias and discrimination ― not because there is anything inherently wrong with fatness.”


7 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body

by Katherine

"No matter how body positive an environment you create, kids are also going to engage with the wider world — which means that, eventually, they’ll encounter body shaming comments directed at either them or people around them....Give them a few phrases they can use to respond, so that they don’t have to come up with a reply on the spot.”


‘War on cancer’ metaphors may do harm, research shows

by Ian Sample

"Our work suggests battle metaphors could have a negative impact on how people think about cancer and those thoughts could undermine people’s intentions to engage in healthy behaviours”


New study: Assumptions, stigmatising language, and sub-standard practice from student doctors

By Angela Meadows

“Most talked about her weight, made assumptions, told her how to change her lifestyle, and many used stigmatising language. And over two-thirds failed to provide her with information about her osteoarthritis despite being given a clear indication that this was an information gap for the patient.”

Great commentary from Angela Meadows