HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 37, 2019

October 4 - October 18, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

"It’s on you”: How to build an inclusive business, from Atlassian’s Aubrey Blanche

by Stephanie Palmer-Derrien

“If all of your female employees are in HR and marketing, you’re not actually creating diversity”


I Love Working Out with Bodies Like Mine

by Ama Scriver

“A body-positive trainer may frame all physical activities as feel-good activities. They might focus on your overall well-being rather than striving toward unobtainable body standards, like certain numbers on the scale.”


Nick Cave gives 16-year-old fan moving advice on body positivity

by Andrew Trendell

“Vulnerability is the very thing that permits us to connect with each other, to recognise in others the same discomfort they have with themselves and with their place in the world”


'Veiled in secrecy': call for surgeons to disclose complications rates

by Kate Aubusson

“Surgery is like sex: everyone talks up their performance...But getting the objective data to verify their claims is much harder to come by.”


The Bizarre and Racist History of the BMI

by Your Fat Friend

“As in so many subjects, the science isn’t nearly as pure or objective as we’d like to believe”

“the Body Mass Index is a product of its social context. And, even according to its biggest champions, it’s not an effective measure of fatness, much less health.”


It's so much more than cooking

by Zoe Fenson

“if you’re doing the cooking, then it’s only natural that you do all the other associated labor too. Because we have no separate name for that labor — it’s all just “cooking” — those who have internalized the mental load define it one way, and those who have been allowed to dabble see it very differently.”


The 'Wellness Influencer' Lifestyle Can Be a Gateway to Disordered Eating

by Katie Way

“The prevalence of eating disorders among wellness bloggers is symptomatic of the same sick cultural push toward thinness that’s been there all along, only now it’s dressed up in designer leggings, burning a Dyptique candle, and posting an #ad for the latest juice cleanse package.”


The HAES® files: A Tale of Advocacy: Two Knees and a Surgeon

by Theresa Jarosz Alberti

“I found myself at another “Now What?” moment. Even though I was still angry at Dr. X for refusing me surgery, I decided to return to him a year after my first visit. He had left open the possibility of me coming back and I was desperate. I knew I needed knee surgery. Would he now operate on me?”


Changing the terminology to 'people with obesity' won't reduce stigma against fat people

by Cat Pausé

“Shifting the language we use to talk about fatness and fat people can reduce fat stigma.But continuing to frame fatness as a disease is not a helpful contribution.”


Why Budget Cooking Tips Are Useless For Low-Income Families

by Christine Byrne

“all those antioxidants from fruits and veggies cannot stand up to the effects of systemic oppression [and] generational trauma”


Turns out near-death experiences are psychedelic, not religious

by Philip Jaekl

“The results indicated their phenomenological experiences after taking DMT were highly similar to near-death experiences – a finding not present after being administered the placebo.”


Why Veggies Won't Save Health Care In Real Life

by Liz Brinkman

“all those antioxidants from fruits and veggies cannot stand up to the effects of systemic oppression [and] generational trauma”


Our tastes change with adulthood, pregnancy, medication and more. Here's why

by Jo Khan

“Our food experiences and preferences are developing and changing throughout our entire life — even before we are born.”


8 Simple Ways to Spot a Bogus Health Fad

by Yvette d'Entremont

“Our desperation and biases are what the snake-oil salesmen count on to supplant evidence.”


Instagram's ban on weight loss ads is good, but not good enough

by Sarah Berry

“The changes on Instagram and Facebook were largely the result of activists standing up for young people and calling for their protection from diet culture and a weight loss industry that does not, would you believe, have our best interests at heart. The industry won't change, but we can."


Why Kids Don't Need To Diet, with Anna Lutz

by Amy Palanjian

“the fear that our culture has about weight right now sets the parent up to feel that they need to control what a child is eating—which can be damaging longterm”


What I Learned as an 11 Year Old in Weight Watchers

by Your Fat Friend

“I learned to blame my body for every failure. I learned to long for thinness as a pathway to another life, the technicolor world of happiness and success that those women described so longingly, which was just out of reach. I learned to chastise myself like they did. I learned to fear food, over time, coming to resent needing to eat at all.”


“But Don’t You Care About Health?” and Other Misguided Beliefs

by Amee Severson

“the anti-diet movement is not an attack on you or your individual actions."


Why I’m No Longer Talking About Health

by Fat Black Sadistic

“we treat health as though it can be seen even though it is impossible to measure by the eye.”


Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help

by Patti Neighmond

“gentle physical activity, gradually increased with a health care provider’s tailored guidance, will in fact improve their pain, and they need to think about it as a form of treatment — something they can engage in safely and comfortably.”