Masterpost: Body-Positive and HAES Resources for Chronic Illness and Diabetes

Masterpost: HAES-Based Resources for Intuitive Eating, Diabetes and Living with Chronic Illness

Groups, Organizations & Programs

Health at Every Size® (HAES®) Care for Diabetes education and support group

Articles, E-books and Other Resources

1. Prediabetes: The epidemic that never was, and shouldn’t be

“It’s also unclear if the predictive value of prediabetes is actually valuable. The most recent long-term epidemiological surveys show that only 5 to 10 percent of patients labeled prediabetic actually progress to diabetes, with a full 50 percent of people reverting to normal glycemia in follow-up visits. This may be why the WHO and International Diabetes Federation have effectively de-adopted the “prediabetes” lexicon, noting that “so many people do not progress to diabetes as the term implies.”

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2. Study Shows Link Between Discrimination and Type 2 Diabetes

“The study found that those who reported two or more major discrimination experiences had a 34% increased risk of diabetes (over nine years) than those with no reported experience of major discrimination.

While this study is correlational, there is no downside risk to NOT discriminating against marginalized people, so ending discrimination is something we could implement now as a public health priority.”

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3. LU 071: Dr. Michelle May – Eating without fear, specifically for diabetes, WLS, and binge eating.

– Why she is convinced that everybody is able and allowed to eat without fear
– What she wants people who are managing diabetes to know
– What the common misperceptions are about food when it comes to diabetes are (often perpetuated by uninformed health professionals)

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4. Why I Won’t be Pursuing Weight Loss as a Solution to my Chronic Pain

“And so here I am. I’m in a large body and I have chronic pain in my legs. I fight the shame that bubbles up when I imagine what people may be thinking about me when I walk slowly, or take the elevator, or need to sit down (“It’s because she’s fat”). I speak my mind with those who think they know better because they’re thinner and they have less pain. As if, if only I could follow their lifestyle and advice, I’d have their body, their health. As if my body were my fault, and all I need is the intelligence, dedication, and will power that they have. Then I’d be free from my self-imposed trap. AS IF.”

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5. {Intuitive Eating with a Chronic Condition} Principle #1: Reject the Diet Mentality

“I believed that these small, sustainable changes would help a person “manage” their weight. Yet I can’t tell you how many times I would have someone in my office telling me about what a “good” week they had of watching their portions, avoiding high-calorie foods, drinking water, exercising, etc, only to have their weight stay the same or increase. Then it would become this “game” of, “maybe you gained muscle”, “maybe it’s water weight”, “maybe you’re not measuring your portions properly” or “maybe you’re forgetting to count the times you lick the spoon when you’re cooking.”

The message? You’re doing something “wrong” or you’re not trying hard enough.”

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6. FRR 146: Navigating Body Image With Chronic Illness Revisited– With Ivy Felicia

  • Ivy’s story of growing up in a larger body and suffering from PCOS,
  • What is PCOS and how it impacted Ivy’s relationship with her body,
  • Why she looks at “body love” as a relationship, like a marriage,
  • How to choose peace with your body, even when there is frustration and resentment,

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7. When Healthy Isn’t An Option: How I Learned To Love My Chronically Ill Body

“Despite what I’ve been force-fed by society, losing weight didn’t make me healthy. Not every disease can be cured — not every disease even has a treatment. There is no battle to wage and there is certainly nothing left to control. The only thing to fight is my own cells. And that means there is nothing to fight at all.”

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8. Big Fat Science: “I was recently diagnosed with type two diabetes”

9. 177: Intuitive Eating, Chronic Illness, and Breaking Free from The Wellness Diet with Linda Tucker, Health At Every Size Coach

“Linda Tucker joins us to discuss how dieting causes health problems even while purporting to solve them, how diet culture and its new guise as the Wellness Diet twist the definition of self-care and health, how intuitive eating can help with managing a chronic illness, and so much more! Plus, Christy answers a listener question about how to handle the feeling that things were just easier in a smaller body.”

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10. Bringing the Body in to the Diabetes Conversation

“When I say bring the body into the room, what I’m talking about is the whole body–the life, the story, everything that that body has experienced, and is now experiencing, while sitting in front of you. Because your clients are not just a diabetes diagnosis. Your clients are not just your 10 o’clock [appointment]. Your clients have a history, they have a story, they have ideas and they have thoughts, and their bodies carry that, so we need to talk about it.”

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11. 3 Things You Don’t Have To Do To Manage Diabetes

“From the moment your doctor first said “You have diabetes,” up until now, you’ve likely been told by many people what to do to manage your diabetes. Your doctor probably prescribed medications, and more likely than not told you to lose weight and exercise. Your friends may have told you that people with diabetes can’t eat cookies or some other favorite treat. Maybe you’ve even seen a dietitian who has given you a meal plan to follow and promises that if you could just muster up the willpower to do, you could manage your blood sugars. For just a moment, I’d like to ask you to put all of that on hold and consider 3 things you DON’T have to do to manage your diabetes.”

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12. FRR 115 – Body Positivity & Chronic Conditions – interview with Imogen Fox

13. How to Be Well When You Can’t Be Healthy

“HAES is a body positive self care model that encourages, but does not mandate, incorporating healthy behaviors into your daily life. It also supports health policies that would improve access to good, respectful health care regardless of a person’s health condition or size.

That’s why I recommend it, especially for people living with chronic illness. It encourages you to utilize health as a resource, even when you may never be healthy in the more conventional sense. That’s a big deal for those of us with chronic illness!”


14. What Does It Mean To Live With A Body That Can’t Be Fixed?

“Forty years after that essay was published, I continue to grapple with its implications — as the daughter of someone with a disability and as someone who has struggled with chronic illness myself, and when reading other people’s experiences of illness. That’s why I welcome three new books that each offer a different prism through which to view sickness and disability. The authors of these books are not merely surviving with chronic conditions, but thriving. Their books counter traditional narratives that equate illness with weakness and women with hysteria by providing complicated, lived contexts in which illness or pain is not the be-all and end-all but, rather, one aspect among many in their lives.”

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15. HAES Medical Nutrition Therapy Handout Set.

Provided by nutritionist Meghan Cichy and Creating Peace with Food, this set of quick, weight-neutral healthcare guides covers:

  • Dyslipidemia/atherosclerosis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Download the entire set.

16. The Weight Inclusive Approach to Gestational Diabetes

“How do we actually promote holistic health – body and mind – for mothers and newborns in an evidence-based way when gestational diabetes is thrown into the mix?”

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17. What Venn diagrams can teach us about diabetes

“Most people don’t realize that there are more similarities than differences between the two main types of diabetes (type 1 and type 2). Plus, as most of my clients know, I really love Venn diagrams. Let’s see what we can find when we put these together.”

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18. You Can’t Sweets Your Way Into Diabetes

“As my line of questioning quickly turned into the self-blame game, my doctor said something that changed my outlook on my diagnosis.

He said, ‘For you, it wasn’t a matter of if you would get diabetes, it was a matter of when.’”

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19. Diabetes Myth Busting with Lauren Newman

“Think sugar causes diabetes? Think again. Diabetes is such a misunderstood disease that I knew it deserved its own episode on the podcast. Even though people seem wholly confused about how Health At Every Size and intuitive eating can apply to those diagnosed with diabetes, the truth is, they’re completely compatible.”

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20. You Did Not Eat Your Way to Diabetes: The Real Causes

“The belief that diabetes is caused by greedy overeating is easy to understand. It makes healthy, younger people who exercise and watch their diets feel superior and safe. There’s only one problem with it: It isn’t true.”

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21. Women with disabilities and chronic illness talk self-love and embracing their bodies

“On a mission to show the world just how beautiful women with disabilities are, we spoke to a selection of ladies who live with disabilities and chronic illness, both visible and invisible. They opened up about how their illnesses affect them – physically and mentally – and how they’ve learned to love and embrace the skin they’re in.”

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22. Learning To Love My Sparkly Purple Cane

“Body image with a disability is complicated, whether your disability is visible, invisible, or somewhere in the gray area. I resisted mobility aids for most of my childhood and teen years. I didn’t want a cane, a wheelchair, or a walker to define me or my interactions, and my internalized ableism told me that fitting in (which also, by our society’s standards, for someone assigned female at birth means: white, thin, cisgender, and straight) was more important than accommodating my needs.”

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23. Gestational Diabetes Resources from McKenzie Caldwell

Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) McKenzie Caldwell often writes about diabetes from a weight-neutral standpoint on her blog.

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24. Weight-Neutral Diabetes Resources from Glenys Oyston

RDN Glenys Oyston has weight-neutral diabetes resources available on her blog.

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25. Diabetes on the Love, Food Podcast

Julie Duffy Dillon’s podcast focuses on diabetes in episodes 216-219.


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