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 Caitlin O’Connor, ND
Practicing medicine, especially naturopathic medicine, in a weight-obsessed culture can be tricky. Food and movement are two of the most powerful tools I have to help my patients feel better, but how do I apply those tools in a culture so obsessed with diet and exercise as a means to an end (get skinnier) rather than a foundation for health? Oftentimes, my patients come to me having been traumatized by not only the weight loss industry, but also by medical professionals who have blown off their medical needs and/or focused solely on weight loss as a singular approach to anything that ails them. Figuring out how to work with women of all sizes – in a society that desperately sells the idea of small and slender as the only markers for health – has been a huge challenge in my practice.
First things first, when I work with patients, I ask them to define their goals. I would guess that at least 50%, if not more, of the women in my practice list weight loss as one of their primary concerns. This opens the door for conversation. Why is weight loss important? What has their relationship with weight been over the life span? Is there any history of disordered eating?
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
by Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD, and Lindo Bacon, PhD As a nutrition professor at a community college, Lindo Bacon saw the shortcomings of existing textbooks where nutrition science was approached… Read More »Just Add Connection—Recipes for Knowledge Creation in Nutrition
by Lindo Bacon, PhD, and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD How contemporary nutrition education does more harm than good, and how that can be changed Nutrition science reaches us in large… Read More »Blackboard Bungle−Rethinking Nutrition Education
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)