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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Do rich people really get more diabetes?

A couple of weeks ago, the American Diabetes Association had their annual conference. A bunch of news reports found their way into my inbox and left me chomping at the bit with stuff I wanted to rant about. This one is about two large epidemiological studies in Canada, both showing that highly walkable neighbourhoods are…

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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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Ballet, Bodies, and Basement Jaxx

This evening I went to a performance of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance: Rock the Ballet (video link). The term ‘rock’ was used somewhat loosely, but six male and one female dancers performed to a range of popular music. All were clearly classically trained, and what they could do with their bodies was truly…

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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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Get on your bike!

Over here in the UK, a store called Halfords is running their summer ad campaign on TV to get people cycling. Regular readers will be bracing themselves at this point for another rant about how awful and fat shaming it is. Sorry, not this time. I love it. It makes me smile every time I…

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