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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 35, 2019

September 6 - September 12, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

What is intuitive eating, and how do you do it?

by Carrie Dennett

“the radical desire to eat [foods that you might have restricted when you were dieting] will eventually lessen, even though the pendulum swing from restriction to freedom is going to feel wild and chaotic at first"


For Healthy Kids, Skip the Kurbo App

by Ragen Chastain

“Dieting to a weight goal was found to be related to poorer dietary quality, poorer mental health and poorer quality of life when compared with people who were health conscious but not weight conscious”

(I got quoted 😁😁)


Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

by Selena Simmons-Duffin

“We were especially curious to learn whether adults with multiple negative childhood experiences were less likely to have the problems associated with having [them] if they also reported having had more positive experiences.”


1 in 3 say low body confidence negatively affects mental health – what can be done?

by Better

"A low level of body confidence has been found to have a significant impact on important aspects of everyday life such as mental health, love life, social life and event career progression, according to new research”


6 Ways to Practice Body Positivity, Even If It Doesn’t Come Naturally

by PureWow

Better headline for this would be “6 ways to support a more positive attitude towards your own body”


The ongoing racial inequities uncovered in decades of health research

by Carmen Parahi

“This data is allowing us to see when they get it [health care], how they get it, are offered it. So we’re able to look at the intricacies of how privilege works and how we can get access to the same privilege. Māori want the same privileges.”


'No One Should Be Doing Keto Diet' Says Leading Cardiologist

by Maria Chiorando

"it’s not something people should do unless your weight loss is more important than your life.”

This source has a bias towards plant-based eating, but the advice of the interviewee about seeking out and interrogating all the research is great, and the point about separating short-term ‘on paper’ effects from long-term life limiting events is spot on 🙂


How Colonialism Shaped Body Shaming

by Livia Gershon

“Nineteenth-century European and American writers didn’t just describe African and Asian people as fat but insisted that they revered fatness.”


I’m fat, and it’s no judgment

by Andrew Walen

“I’m fat.When I said this to my sister a few years ago she practically fell over herself trying to tell me I wasn’t. She insisted I was just a big boned guy and very handsome.I never said I wasn’t handsome. I just said I was fat.”


Plus-size influencers have message for 'fat-phobic' family members: 'I need your support'

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss

“How do we talk to friends and family about loving our bodies, when they’re still under the impression that they should be not-so-helpfully talking about weight loss?”


'Brittany Runs A Marathon’ Promotes a Weight Loss Fantasy

by Your Fat Friend

“Brittany Runs A Marathon doesn’t offer us what it seems to promise: a heartfelt story of a fat person who didn’t have to become thin in order to earn wholeness, love, humanity or respect. Instead, it subsumes a toothless version of body positivity and wellness culture, replacing the gauche overtness of thinness with the dogwhistle subtlety of health.”


What to do and say to help a friend who is struggling

by Jodie Arnot

"Though they can be difficult to navigate, creating and maintaining boundaries is essential to our well-being.”


Research & Clinical Practice

Body Weight Fluctuation as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes: Results from a Nationwide Cohort Study

by Park, Kye-Yeung, et al.

“Both men and women had a higher risk of diabetes if their body weight highly fluctuated; the risk was greater for women than for men.”

Park, Kye-Yeung, et al. "Body Weight Fluctuation as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes: Results from a Nationwide Cohort Study." Journal of clinical medicine 8.7 (2019): 950.


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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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