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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 38, 2019

October 19 - October 24, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Food Rewards Backfire: What Parents Should Do Instead

by Leslie Schilling

“when we give children a reward of food, without realizing it, we teach them food is something to be earned.”


Dax Cowart, Who Suffered for Patients’ Rights, Dies at 71

by Daniel E. Slotnik

“he ...found a mission in trying to persuade doctors to demonstrate greater respect for their patients’ wishes.”


300 Pounds and Running, This Marathoner Celebrates Slow Athletes

by Ragen Chastain

“his club is a place where slow runners and walkers will feel supported, train and run races together, hold space at the back of the pack, and be at the finish line for each other.”


Blood pressure pills 'work better at bedtime'

by Michelle Roberts

“The results of this study show that patients who routinely take their anti-hypertensive medication at bedtime, as opposed to when they wake up, have better-controlled blood pressure and, most importantly, a significantly decreased risk of death or illness from heart and blood vessel problems.”Note: intentional weight loss is associated with higher blood pressure in the long run than having a more stable higher weight.


Eating disorders: Over-65s unable to access some clinics

by Meghan Owen and Anna Adams

“older people with eating disorders ‘face serious problems around under-diagnosis and symptoms being overlooked’, due to a mixture of lack of awareness, unconscious bias, stigma and generational attitudes to mental health”


When the Body Breaks Its Silence

by Rachel Klein

“From the outside, people saw a woman who’d just had two children in rapid succession “getting her body back.” From the inside, I could feel my body attacking itself.”


Being Kind to Yourself During a Tough Time

by Margarita Tartakovsky

“Some of us think kindness is the same thing as indulgence and are afraid that we will stop doing what we need to do if we give ourselves kindness.”


Publication is not enough, to generate impact you need to campaign

by Toby Green

“If you’ve spent many months – even years – gathering data, writing up the results and getting a paper through the publishing process, isn’t it worth spending time on making sure your findings reach beyond your immediate peer group?”


Dumb luck, nurturing, hard work: how class does not always dictate fate

by Gary Alcorn

“Education is really important, it can be transformational, but the point is, it’s not transactional...It’s not OK to think, ‘I’ll go to uni and get a good job'...It doesn’t work like that. It’s all those other forms of knowledge, resources and networks that you need as well."


Dear Problem Patients

by Brianne Benness

“I want you to know that getting more exercise or eating a better diet or improving your sleep hygiene might help you feel better but it might not make any difference at all for you, and that isn’t your fault.”


Kidney disease has made me fear what folks will assume about me

by Jarvis DeBerry

“the fear is always there that I will be looked down upon and blamed for my poorly functioning kidneys.”


Fat Girl Working: A Guide to Overcoming Obstacles in the Workplace

by Fluffy Kitten Party

“The modern office can be a minefield for fat employees. From work-sponsored Weight Watchers meetings to water cooler chatter about keto, how the f**k do you survive? How do you advance? How do you thrive? How do you, ahem, get that bread?”


The Feminist History of Fat Liberation

by Sarah Simon

“Fat liberation’s roots are in the 1960s, when the emergent Fat Acceptance Movement aimed to celebrate fat bodies and remove stigma from fatness in a long-term and meaningful way.”


A Strange New Culprit Behind Eating Disorders

by Olga Khazan

“The diagnosis of an eating disorder tended to happen soon after the infection took place, such that the girls were at their greatest risk of developing one within the first three months after being hospitalized for an infection"


Children presenting to homeless shelters unable to chew or swallow solid food

by David Raleigh

“In hotels, families have no access to cooking, refrigeration or (food) storage facilities, so they cannot cook or prepare lunches, and that’s really debilitating, and, it is de-skilling parents and knocking their confidence”


We Found Over 700 Doctors Who Were Paid More Than a Million Dollars by Drug and Medical Device Companies

by Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber & Ryann Grochowski Jones

“Our findings suggest that pharmaceutical promotion should be met with healthy skepticism”


Research & Clinical Practice

Self‐report dieting and long‐term changes in body mass index and waist circumference

by Sares-Jäske, Knekt, Männistö, Lindfors & Heliövaara

"during the follow‐up, BMI and WC [waist circumference] increased more in dieters than in non‐dieters, suggesting that dieting attempts are ineffective in the long term among the general population."

Sares-Jäske L, Knekt P, Männistö S, Lindfors O, Heliövaara M. Self-report dieting and long-term changes in body mass index and waist circumference. Obes Sci Pract. 2019;5(4):291–303. Published 2019 Mar 26. doi:10.1002/osp4.336


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Training Opportunities in 2019


The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians (2 day workshop)

Fremantle, Western Australia, 26-27 June SOLD OUT

Auckland, New Zealand, 7-8 October SOLD OUT

Melbourne, Victoria, 12-13 October SOLD OUT

Newcastle, New South Wales, 21-22 November

Body Positive Counselling (1 day workshop)


Perth, Western Australia, 28 June SOLD OUT

Auckland, New Zealand, 9 October SOLD OUT

Melbourne, Victoria, 11 October . SOLD OUT

Newcastle, New South Wales, 23 November


Introduction to the Non-Diet Approach FREE

Unpacking Weight Science $79AUD

The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians $199AUD

The Science of Self Compassion $39AUD


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