CALL FOR PROPOSALSCome Speak—connect with friends and colleagues! DUE: DECEMBER 21, 2017LINK: https://sizediversityandhealth.org/content.asp?id=241 ASDAH is seeking proposals for the 2018 ConferenceAugust 3-5, 2018 – Portland, OR Uniting Against Oppression:Navigating the Learning Curves in… Read More »ASDAH 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals
by Glenys Oyston
The argument (really just a friendly debate; not an actual fight) has stuck in my head for years.
A self-proclaimed foodie friend and I were discussing the qualities of the best grilled cheese sandwiches. I declared that my favorite was still the kind made with processed cheese slices. She was horrified. “Ugh no!” she gasped. “That’s not REAL cheese!”Read More »Food is the New Classism
by Nicole Geurin, MPH, RD
It’s easy to make assumptions about me because I am a dietitian. You might think that I carefully manage my calorie intake and that I tell my clients to do the same. Let me set the record straight.
Part 1: Why I am actually thin.
Unlike many people mistakenly assume, I am not thin because my nutrition knowledge has enabled me to master the ‘perfect’ diet. (There is no ‘perfect’ diet, nor do I strive to achieve one.) I am also not thin because I enjoy playing tennis and being active. While I enjoy these lifestyle habits because they help me to feel well, they are not the reason that I am thin. (Nor are they are moral imperatives for others to adopt, regardless of size.)Read More »Confessions of a Dietitian
by Andrea LaMarre, MSc.
Over the past week I have been asked, more times than I can count: “What are you making such a big fuss about?” This question has come on the heels of a recent change in legislation in my home province of Ontario that has made it law for restaurants with over 20 locations to include calorie counts on their menus. These calorie counts are abstracted from all other nutritional information, and they must be as large as the price of the item.
In early December, I was approached by a number of others from within the eating disorder research, advocacy and prevention community who suggested that I start a petition to have this legislation repealed. Alarmed that the legislation was to come into effect, presumably without consultation from the eating disorders community, I did so. Just after Christmas, after approximately 400 people had signed the petition, I started to receive media requests – dozens of media requests. Suddenly I found myself with the interesting task of providing the kind of sound bite for an article that would make people at least pause for thought around this new item on the menu.Read More »Raising a Ruckus: Calorie Counts on Menus
by Nicole Christina, LCSW
Ok. I admit they look cool. Especially the Jawbones. They look like something I might buy in the Museum of Modern Art catalog. Or a fashion statement worn by a character in the film Bladerunner. But I have a real beef with this supposed “health trend”.
For the benefit of discussion, imagine using this computerized tracking system for your dog; counting their steps, weighing and entering their kibble into an app. Doesn’t it make more sense to use your pet’s behavior to judge how much exercise and food they need? Don’t they have an internal system which tells them when to eat and how much to exert themselves?Read More »Fitbit? No Thanks.
by Carina Chiodo, B.A.in English, minor in Psychology Rewind to 10 months ago when I am eagerly about to start graduate school. I was proud to boast that the Masters… Read More »Health Food vs. Healthy Relationship with All Food
From time to time the Health At Every Size® Blog will be sharing HAES Matters “roundtable” posts with our readers. The questions that appear in the HAES Matters posts are based on questions generated by participants at ASDAH’s… Read More »HAES® Matters: Dieting, Disease, and Weight (part 1)
From time to time the Health At Every Size® Blog will be sharing HAES Matters “roundtable” posts with our readers. The questions that appear in the HAES Matters posts are based on questions generated by participants at ASDAH’s… Read More »HAES® Matters: The Weight Neutral Core of the HAES Approach