HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 40, 2019
November 8 - November 21, 2019
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Articles & Blogs
“As social workers, our values lie in social justice and honoring the dignity and worth of people...We are called to challenge and remedy the impact of discrimination as it occurs and in its many forms – including fatphobia.”
This longish article is a couple of years old but pretty good overall - note it contains some medicalisation of higher body weights and (in passing) makes the unsubstantiated claim that childhood type 2 diabetes is diet related.
“Sitting down together every night is an unreasonable public health instruction on how to live...Instead of reinforcing nostalgic and unrealistic versions of family life and requiring the performance of frequent family meals, we suggest it may be useful for public health practitioners to imagine and support diverse family food practices”
“eventually I realized that if I ever wanted to pull myself from the iron cage I’d created — if I ever wanted to have the chance at an actually healthy relationship with food and my body — I had to let go of dieting entirely.”
“The more visible, the more powerful, and the more lucrative the coaching position becomes, the fewer women you’re going to find. The reason why it matters is because when you have diversity in your workforce, abuse of power is less likely because you have diversity of opinions, perspectives, and safeguards."
“despite the fact that many of us were underweight when we came into recovery, we still treat any weight gain as a negative. That’s because of diet culture. We are quick to label our sudden increase in appetite and desire for highly palatable food as a problem. Some jump to the conclusion that they are addicted to sugar or food.”
“We conflate health with weight loss all too often and if you initially started exercising at the same time you started a new diet, it may not be clear whether you enjoy the exercise or if you enjoy the results of dieting.”
“There is no way to be part of this culture and be exempt from it, so we need to actively examine our own attitudes in order to reject its hold on us and to make sure that we’re not complicit in perpetuating fat shaming, even if we don’t mean to do so.”
Starving and suffering, these prisoners of war dreamed up recipes for survival