When “public health” loses the plot

Content note: dieting, weight loss surgery, fat-phobic healthcare ———————————– A colleague just shared the following tweet from the International Critical Dietetics conference with me: She noted: So it would seem. This is not the first time I’ve come across this very skewed view of what is important in health, and in life. I wrote about…

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Enjoy your HAES while it lasts (or is metabolically healthy obesity a myth?)

Yet another study was published this week that challenged the concept of ‘metabolically healthy obesity’. MHO is a phenomenon that has been recognised for over a decade now, with more and more studies coming out that suggest not all fat people are unhealthy. How many exactly varies with study, but a 2011 review found that…

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Breakfast, weight-loss and crappy science

Content note: (1) irony – could be considered offensive – isn’t intended that way; (2) weight loss dieting. I’m not sure how we got onto the topic, but a few days ago, a group of us were talking about people who try to stow away in the wheel wells of airplanes, usually with tragic results.…

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What goes down, must come up: yo-yo dieting and your health

Content note: talk of dieting, yo-yo dieting, fat shaming, and use of the medicalised terms ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’ throughout. I think blog-worthy material is like buses. You wait absolutely ages and then three come along at once. All of a sudden today there are so many things that have happened that I want to write…

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Tracking: not always a force for evil!

Content note: Diet talk and exercise for weight loss A couple of days ago I blogged about mHealth and wearable technology that allows us to monitor our every metric. One of my readers commented that she had a FitBit and really loved it. As it happens, I have one too, and also love it. I…

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iFat. Or self-flagellation 101

Content note: Contains description of body shaming weight loss mobile apps and an ironic mention of weight-loss surgery One of the presentations at this week’s Weight Stigma Conference was entitled ‘Digitising Fat – Digital technologies, Embodiment and the Governance of Fat?’ by Dr Emma Rich. She talked about the rise in mHealth – the use of…

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