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HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 39, 2019

October 25 - November 7, 2019

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Articles & Blogs






On Balance




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.”



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"








Why spacesuit design choices — not women’s physiques — delayed the first all-female spacewalk

by Loren Gush

“Perhaps the fundamental flaw that has hindered women’s abilities to perform spacewalks is a lack of suits that fit them”


What Happens When Women Start Taking Up Space?

by Danielle Friedman

“No matter how outwardly liberated a woman is, she will be oppressed as long as she is consumed by trying to contain her body."


Clothing the Fat Body 101

by Amelia Mitchell

“A Primer for straight sized and small fat people, especially HAES therapists, dietitians, counselors, and other clinicians working with clients in large bodies.”


Survival at ‘overweight’ BMI surpasses ‘normal’

by Mitchel L. Zoler

“Despite recent data consistently showing better survival among people with a BMI of 25-29 kg/m2, panels that have recently written weight guidelines are “ossified” and “refuse to accept” the implications of these findings”


Research & Clinical Practice


Soapbox & Shareables

Independent Infants

Would you let a two-year-old choose what goes on their plate? These toddlers have been peeling their fruit, choosing their portion sizes and assisting in clearing the table after their meal.

Excellent initiative 😍😍


I got some awesome news late last week that I had to keep to myself until today -

I've been elected to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Board of Directors for 2020-2022!!

I can't wait to direct my energy towards strengthening the organisation that represents the profession that I believe in so deeply.


Unpacking Weight Science Podcast

How about bite-sized podcasts that you can claim as professional development?!?

I've designed the Unpacking Weight Science Podcast to suit health professionals, health science students and anyone who wants to know more about human body weight, health outcomes, interpreting weight related research and the far ranging effects of weight bias.

The 20-30 minute monthly podcasts unpack different elements of weight bias & stigma, weight research, BMI, health behaviours and weight neutral approaches. Paid subscribers (only $5/month!) get instant access to all previous episodes plus full show notes, reference list, self-test quiz and resource materials for use in practice for recent episodes. This equates to an hour of professional development activity each month :-)

Available for subscribers now is:

'Leave them kids alone!

The problems with weight loss programs for teens'

Unpacking Weight Science Podcast Episode 28 is out now! The past year or so has seen the re-emergence of commercial programs and research studies that aim to make larger-bodied kids smaller in the name of ‘health’. In this episode I’ll be looking at the growth trajectories of larger-bodied kids, the links between weight loss efforts and height and weight growth, and psychological factors that need consideration in this vulnerable group of people.

and instantly access 22 episodes before the rest of the world!

Episodes 1-5 are now on iTunes!

Search 'Unpacking Weight Science'

to listen to them for free!


Training Opportunities in 2019


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


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



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