HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 34, 2019
August 23 - September 5, 2019
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Articles & Blogs
F.E.A.S.T. Position Statement On The Weight Watchers Kurbo App For Children
“An app with the visibility and marketing behind it from one of the largest weight loss marketers in the world presents a danger to our children and their peers.”
This Fitness Instructor Isn't Your Typical Obstacle Racer – or Athlete
by Ragen Chastain
“Learning more about fat positive/weight neutral fitness and being a champion of these ideas on the playing field or in the gym make me more of an outsider than my physical appearance ever did. I’m very outspoken!”
Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and french fries
by Jack Guy
“This case highlights the impact of diet on visual and physical health, and the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status.”
Meanwhile dietitians and eating disorder psychologists around the world yell profanities at their screens...
(see next article for a better job at the story)
An 18-year-old has gone blind after a lifetime of eating junk
by The Sun
Here’s an article with more detail. It turns out the family were very concerned for a long time and ARFID (an avoidant-restrictive eating disorder) was diagnosed (on background of autism and ADHD). He’s now getting a PEG (a more permanent feeding tube) but really should have had that years ago.
Why don't doctors trust women? Because they don't know much about us
by Gabrielle Jackson
“I wrote this book because too many women are in pain, and that pain is not taken seriously. It is at once expected and denied. This deprives us of our full humanity. We deserve better.”
When doctors fat-shame their patients, everybody loses
by Kunal Sindhu and Pranav Reddy
“As with sexuality and gender identity, age or racial biases, the path forward to combat weight bias in the medical community will be arduous and slow. But that does not mean we should abandon the cause. With plenty of research demonstrating the negative impact physicians’ weight biases have on patients, American physicians can and must do better.”CW: accounts of negative medical treatment encounters for larger bodied people which may be distressing.
Thinsplaining the Ease of Calorie Restriction
I don't agree with everything this source offers, but this piece is right on.
Unbelievable true story of the ‘radium girls’
by LJ Charleston
“While the New Jersey factory featured the most famous case of radium dial painting, it was far from being the only one. It’s believed there were 4000 workers hired at factories across the US and Canada using [deadly] radium to paint the dials. And, even though safety conditions improved, the watches were still being manufactured up until the late 1960s.”
Brittany Didn’t Need to Lose Weight to Run a Marathon
by Madison Malone Kircher
“There’s a whole community of proud, fat runners out there. We run 5Ks and half-marathons and full marathons. The extra-intense ones run ultramarathons....We’re not running to prove anything to anybody. We’re not running to lose weight or fix something about ourselves.”
The Anguish of Eating While Fat
by Ragen Chastain
“The truth is that commenting on someone’s food choices (or anything about their body) without invitation is inexcusable. We have no obligation to act like it’s not.”
Meet Jen Gunter: The doctor waging war on the cult of wellness
by Bridget Harrison
“[my sons] are here because of evidence-based medicine and people who did the hardcore research on surfactants [lung drugs] and ventilators. It makes me angry to think someone could have undone all that with some snake oil... Misinformation can do real harm”
Does mindfulness in politics make any difference?
by Rachel Lilley and Mark Whitehead
“once people developed stronger capacities to do their jobs (as opposed to developing skills to help them deal with the stresses their jobs created), they felt less anxious and...were less stressed than others who had experienced standard mindfulness-based courses for stress reduction.”
Setting boundaries in any relationship is an important act of self-care
by Lexi Weber
"Though they can be difficult to navigate, creating and maintaining boundaries is essential to our well-being.”
Menstrual cups were invented in 1867. What took them so long to gain popularity?
by Marion Renault
"Because menstruation is so shrouded in shame and secrecy, we don’t socialize people to be curious about it as a bodily process. It’s presented as a problem to solve”Fascinating history of period management through the ages!
Body Confidence and Body Positivity in Japan
By Hilary Keyes
“Japan, like most other countries, has a set of beauty standards that are hard—near unhealthy—to reach, but body positivity and more acceptance is starting to increase.”
Fat Is Not a Bad Word
by Ashleigh Shackelford
"I reclaim the word fat in all spaces, formal and informal, because I get to,...I get to shift what was once used as a mechanism to break my spirit into something that offers a source of power and pride. It’s a reminder of all that I’ve come from, and all that I will do.”
When Asked to Build a Hospital That Lowers Blood Pressure, They Built a ‘Forest-Like’ Sanctuary
by McKinley Corbley
“in 2005, they were tasked with creating a hospital environment that soothed and uplifted its patients; and since being in nature has been shown to have dozens of physical and mental health benefits, they believed foliage and natural greenery to be the obvious solution."
A Sensitive Topic
by Linda (Fluffy Kitten Party)
"[my weight] isn’t a topic I want to avoid because I’m “sensitive” about it, because it hurts my feelings when you acknowledge my body weight. It’s because this topic results in me receiving poorer medical care.”
5 Questions for Thin People with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating Brands
by Linda (Fluffy Kitten Party)
“There are a lot of people posting, writing, speaking and advocating for Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. It’s amazing to see! But you know what’s not so amazing? Seeing ideas, thoughts and calls to action that originated in fat activist communities get co-opted to help thin women build their brand.”
Is Guilt Good for Your Health?
by Gina Siddiqui
"We could seize every opportunity to congratulate patients for efforts they made and in so doing nurture them to make more. But we don’t. We impose inflexible standards on entire patient populations, focused on outcomes rather than process.”
Do Body-Positive Media Campaigns Actually Work?
by Jessica M. Alleva
"consumers want to see more body diversity in media, and exposure to body-positive social media makes women feel happier with their bodies.”