HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 39, 2019

October 25 - November 7, 2019

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Articles & Blogs

Heed the lessons from the pelvic mesh scandal

by Amy Coopes

“Thakar also stressed the importance of patient involvement in medical innovation, not just at the point of trial and rollout but from the earliest stages of conception.She called for consumer representation at every level of medical governance, whether committee, council or board."


A dietitian's guide to raising a body-positive child

by Emily Fonnesbeck

“In the appearance-obsessed culture we live in, raising a body-positive child takes intentional work and effort. Helping a child respect and feel confident about his or her body is no small feat, but it’s definitely possible.”


Why the Anti Diet Riot Club is the perfect antidote to diet culture

by Laura Hampson

“Not everyone will love their bodies because the world makes that pretty difficult, and even if you do have positive body image it won’t be every second of every day. But accepting that we have worth and value that go beyond our bodies can hopefully stop us crumbling into tears if we don’t fit in a piece of clothing.”


Intuitive Eating Is Transformative and Also Not as Intuitive as It Sounds

by Lauren Strapagiel

“I was immediately intrigued by the notion that my body could feed itself without heavy-handed intervention, and within a few minutes of reading the [intuitive eating] article I’d made an appointment with a local intuitive eating counselor in Toronto. It turns out, though, that I’d just signed up for something much bigger than a diet tweak.”


Seeing a GP during school lunch: Clinic opens next door to classrooms to help students

by Jessica Hinchliffe

“Adolescence is the time when many adult physical and mental health problems begin to emerge, and yet young people aged 12 to 17 are the least likely of any age group to see a GP”


On Balance

by The Angry Chef

“The erosion of truth and the rejection of expertise happened in food long before it did in other walks. People pushing restrictive diets, or selling demonised products like meat and dairy, will always try and persuade us that the authorities are lying, because that gives them space to hawk their products.”


13 Things Your Plus-Size Guests Want You to Know This Holiday Season

by Rebecca Alexander

“since chances are you have at least one plus-size friend or family member on your invite list, I’ve got some easy-to-follow tips so you can make sure they feel welcome around your table and in your home this [holiday season]."


How to Support Your Fat Friends, as a Straight Size Person

by Your Fat Friend

“I felt a wave of relief and sudden, defiant freedom. Someone else had noticed this bizarre display, this strange performance of thin piety and virtue. For once, someone else had found it ridiculous, laughable, strange, unsettling."


On (Re)Producing The Fat Stigma You Claim To Be Fighting

by Cat Pausé

“this suggested language change is based on the idea ‘obesity’ is a disease to be cured and fat people are not a natural part of the world. This serves to reinforce stigma, rather than prevent it.”


Why don't fictional characters ever have their period?

by Vivienne Pearson

“My daughter is heading into puberty. We’re both keen readers, so I went in search of books that might help her (and me) with the milestone of menarche - her first period."


Searching for a happy ending – the impact of the NDIS on people with rare diseases

by Angela Jackson

“more people in Australia have a rare disease than have diabetes"


How to Un-Diet as a Family

by Charlotte Markey

“Develop a healthy relationship with food – for your sake and for the sake of your family.”


Embracing ugly in a world that’s tried to weaponize it against me

by Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

“I had to understand and then believe that oppression, and especially internalized oppression, is real and not just a theo