HealthNotDiets Digest, Issue 2, 2020

January 3 - January 31, 2020

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Articles & Blogs

When Clothing is More than Fashion

by Your Fat Friend

“Even now, access to clothing remains needlessly challenging. According to one retail analytics firm...If you wear a size 14 or under, you have over 43 times as many clothing options as I do.”


Talking of Fat Rights, Is Your Citation Ethical?

by Lucy Aphramor

“It simply isn’t ethical to sacrifice people to a research agenda. Too many fat people have been and are still being misused in the name of health and publications and PhDs.”


'The Biggest Loser' is back on TV. Get ready for ramped-up fat-shaming and dangerous diets.

by Kate Bernyk

“When I joined the show, I was like most other people: I was spoon-fed this myth my entire life that being thin meant you were healthier...Then I went through the whole process of the show and discovered the techniques they gave me to be thinner. I realized how sick, how physically ill they made me. That connection between thin and healthy was broken for me."


What we haven't learned from Belle Gibson

by Kasey Edwards

“chasing quick and easy fixes to complex problems — no matter how much money you throw at it or how slick the production values — can be a path to even greater pain and heartbreak”


Shrill Season 2 Gets to the Mother of All Food Stigmas

by Whitney Friedlander

“I think we have to educate parents … [that] some people think that weight is something you have control over and so much of it is genetic and not in our control … and that bodies naturally come in all sizes and that [being] fat is not so bad. We have to make it safe for people to be fat.”


Who are you calling diseased?

by Oli Williams, Amelia Morris & Fiona Quigley

“One of the biggest problems within media coverage of debates about...fatness is that the philosophies and motives behind various arguments are taken out of context and sensationalised.”

CW: discussion of stigma-enacting media from various perspectives including weight-centric, and use, in places, of stigmatising terms (irony alert!)


'Intuitive eating' is on the rise, and experts say it's because people are fed up with diet culture

by Gabby Landsverk

“You can't really re-approach nutrition in a kind and gentle way without breaking down...ideas about diet culture”


Intuitive Eating: The Not-Diet Diet for People Who Are Sick of Diets

by Emily Cassel

“It’s...not a weight loss plan, no matter what you might’ve read”


I want my daughters to know what I didn't: your weight is not your worth

by Sarah Berry

“Mothers have been exposed to this very same relentless training [in weight concern and dieting] so it’s no surprise that we inadvertently pass that on to our kids”


How To Keep Perspective When Everyone Around You Is Dieting

by Beth Skwarecki

“eating patterns that are marketed around wellness or “feeling good” can end up creeping into our brains the same way diets do—they’re diets in disguise, or they include stigma against larger bodies, perhaps unspoken, but heavily implied.”


5 Pilates YouTube Videos For Beginners That Are Also Body Positive

by Jay Polish

“When you don't have the time or ability to find an inclusive Pilates class in person, these YouTube videos and online programs are a great way to give your body the Pilates love it deserves.”


Body-Positive Doctors Exist — It’s Called Practicing H