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A new study from Gaesser & Angadi shows that exercising is more important than weight loss in preventing heart disease or early death in people with obesity #ph260720 #exercise RT
People with obesity can become stuck in weight loss and weight gain cycle when weight loss is the primary goal of their obesity treatment via Gaesser & Angadi #ph260720 #obesity…
After analyzing 200 meta-analyses & individual studies Gaesser & Angadi found that people with obesity who began exercising after previously being sedentary lowered their risk of early death by at least 30% even without any weight loss #ph260720 #iScienceJournal #prevention
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It has taken me a few weeks to process this.

Let me tell you a conversation I had with a Dr recently. Had to visit & get checked over general pregnancy niggles, they had to check my BMI.
Dr: Oh Mrs Burnett you are measuring obese, we need to look at diet plans, I can suggest the new better health app, a calorie defecit & exercising.

Me: But I am 8 & a half months pregnant & recovering from an ED.
1st of all of course I am going to be weighing more a tiny human is growing inside me, I could pop any day now. 2nd I was discharged from ed services in Jan, suggesting I diet is not a good idea. I know I would spiral quite quickly and my priority is staying well for little one
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For 40 yrs I desperately tried to to lose weight. I failed at everything, ended up nearly 400lbs, thought it was all my fault. I was broken, unsalvageable. Now I know differently, but there were skills from each paradigm that have been instrumental in my low-carb journey: /1
From Weight Watchers (joined over 35x!): counting points. Eventually I transferred that to counting carb macros. I don’t think weighing/measuring/counting is ultimately a sustainable solution but in early days of low carb it taught me what I was eating and where carbs lie. /2
From intuitive eating (which ultimately landed me +50 pounds) I learned that food addiction is real and that there were things driving appetite that have nothing to do with how much food is in my stomach /3
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Can someone explain to me the idea of syns when it comes to sw..... I'm sorry, I thought a sin was, you know, murder. Not eating a dam cookie. Stop labelling food good and bad. All food has nutritional value and is needed. Yes, ALL FOOD! #HAES @antidietriot #bodypos #ditchthediet
The conversation went like this
Friend. Oh I cant have it too many syns it's bad.
Me. The food is bad Why what did it do to make it bad? Rob a bank? Hold someone hostage? Ohhh was it a bigamist?
Friend. You know what I mean
Me. nope I really don't, a cookie can not syn.
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As long as we continue encouraging restriction for eating disorder patients in larger bodies, we are setting them up for failure.

If you are not #HAES aligned, get the hell out of the ED field because you are causing further harm to your patients.
This includes colluding with the ED & saying that you’ll help your patient lose weight once their behaviors stabilize -which happened to me more than once.

It sent me the message yet again that my body was wrong, eating was bad, & that I wasn’t safe to exist in my natural body.
I spent a long time blaming myself for going through intense ED treatment without achieving recovery.

I believed that I must not have wanted recovery or that I didn’t try hard enough but the truth is that I wasn’t given the chance with my restriction being PRAISED and encouraged
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Eating disorder programs that treat eating disorders while promoting the abstinence model along with weight loss is yet another example of what is wrong in our field.

You know why you might FEEL addicted? Because you’re restricting yourself or feeling guilt every time you eat something our culture has deemed “wrong.”

And of course that food changes every single decade.
Today, I read on an eating disorder program’s website - and this a direct quote from the dietitian- “Find foods that you love but not LLOOVVEE.”

Gd forbid you have pleasure from food? Gd forbid you go overboard and actually truly enjoy the food you eat??
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We are so quick to celebrate weight loss at any cost. But I want to talk about weight gain.

After a year+ treatment & many relapses, I’m officially pretty damn close to my pre anorexia weight.

Some people have found this disappointing; believing I’ve “let myself go.”
But every damn pound has been hard fought against my eating disorder and it’s necessary for my survival. And even more than my survival, for my ability to truly LIVE and thrive.
When someone fits the stereotype of what anorexia “should” look like, their weight gain is celebrated. Because I don’t “look” like someone who fits the stereotype of anorexia or any eating disorder, people think my weight gain is unnecessary or excessive.
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For #WorldDiabetesDay , let’s take a moment to remember that no one sweets their way into diabetes even though our culture loves to blame people with type 2 diabetes for bringing it onto themselves.
When someone says, “I just ate 2 pieces of cake and probably gave myself diabetes,” that’s not funny. That’s damaging and painful to those who have diabetes. It’s insinuating that those who have diabetes deserve it because they did it to themselves.
We need to consider what we’re inferring by those “jokes and how harmful those jokes are to people living with diabetes. #WorldDiabetesDay
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@NoomCoach I am on day 2 of my 14-day trial, and I am almost ready to cancel right now. 1/ I generally advocate for #bodyacceptance and #healthateverysize #HAES, so I am skeptical of all "diets" particularly the rhetoric around restriction and bad calorie science
@NoomCoach 2/ Your app/program claims to have a different relationship to food and value than other diet programs. And while I appreciate the gesture at not labeling foods "good" and "bad" your color-coding system is basically the equivalent
@NoomCoach 3/ Your calorie logic is *EXACTLY THE SAME* as every other diet program out there--weight loss is a simple equation between calories in/calories out. Which btw is overly simplistic. You basically have a teched-up revamp of @WeightWatchers_
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My body has been seen as wrong my entire life. Too big, too much, disgusting, lacking willpower and self- restraint. These are not my distorted ED thoughts but the reality of what I faced on a daily basis.
I was constantly told, “You must not have tried THIS diet” or “You must not want to lose weight badly enough,” insinuating that my body size is an indicator that I’m eating too much. That I don’t know how to control myself.
The truth is that the times I’ve been most free of my ED were the times I’ve been the biggest. Imagine what it’s like trying to reassure yourself that you’re doing what’s best for u in every damn way in a world telling u that u are WRONG simply for existing in your larger body.
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Can we stop pretending like diets in 2019 are any different than old diets just because they have been repackaged for health?

Keto is Atkins
WW Freestyle is still Weight Watchers
Intermittent Fasting is just skipping meals
Low carb is the new low fat

& they all still don’t work
Quick note: I’m going to do a thread later on the evidence to support what I’m saying

Also: I have a podcast called Trust Your Body Project if ya wanna check it out. It’s about intuitive eating, body image, and mental health
OKAY RESEARCH TIME! Let's do this, people. I guarantee I'll miss things and this won't be comprehensive, but I'm gonna try my damn best to lay this out. Are you ready?!
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A BABY THREAD: recommendations for journalists covering #weightbias #weightstigma #weightdiscrimination
1. "Obese" is a slur; it comes from the Latin meaning "to eat until one is sick." Medicalization leads to stigma leads to more discrimination. No matter your intentions, using "obesity" in mass media makes you part of the problem.
2. TALK TO A FAT PERSON. Better yet, talk to a fat person with significant expertise in weight stigma who has been doing this work for awhile! Talking to two thin researchers about weight stigma is like talking to two men about sexism and calling it a day. Inadequate at best.
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1/ The #HAES and @WtMgmtDPG debate at #FNCE today impacted me more than I realized, so please allow me to share what has been bouncing around inside my head for the last few hours - Another perspective that may have been missed.
2/ This "debate" seems multi-layered and hard to pin down, but one of the most controversial points, as far as I understand it, is to argue which of the following is worse - the state of being obese, or the stigma that can be attached to it? #FNCE
3/ When I dare venture to ask why we can't respond to this stigma by teaching clients to internalize things differently, I get dismissed or told things like "You're missing the bigger picture of injustice", or, "that's just your privilege talking." #FNCE
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