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The Fat Nutritionist, aka Michelle Allison, is a smart thinker and clear writer. Her education and experience as a Registered Dietician and fat woman illuminate her understanding of dieting harms and how to move forward into “competent eating.”

A wee taste:

I’ve met many people who appear to be engaged in a one-person mission to discover the universal truth of human nutrition by conducting a series of uncontrolled experiments on themselves. It’s a very human, and very noble, undertaking, but one that always strikes me with its futility. It also carries with it a great deal of stress, and a great burden of effort with very little promise of reward for its champion.

There’s plenty of great reading in her blog archive.

She works as an RD in her native Canada and remotely via Skype. She’s also just published a powerful essay in The Atlantic, where she zooms out for a psychological perspective on why diet talk is so painful, thoughtless, and selfish.

By creating and following diets, humans not only eat to stay alive, but they fit themselves into a cultural edifice that is larger, and more permanent, than their bodies. It is a sort of immortality ritual, and rituals must be performed socially. Clean eating rarely, if ever, occurs in secret. If you haven’t evangelized about it, joined a movement around it, or been praised publicly for it, have you truly cleansed?


People willingly, happily, hand over their freedom in exchange for the bondage of a diet that forbids their most cherished foods, that forces them to rely on the unfamiliar, unpalatable, or inaccessible, all for the promise of relief from choice and the attendant responsibility. If you are free to choose, you can be blamed for anything that happens to you: weight gain, illness, aging–in short, your share in the human condition, including the random whims of luck and your own inescapable mortality.


This is why arguments about diet get so vicious, so quickly. You are not merely disputing facts, you are pitting your wild gamble to avoid death against someone else’s.

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Date: 2017-05-15 09:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vass
Quick nit: the link at the bottom of your post has one URL in the text, but the link itself goes to a different address.

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Date: 2017-05-15 11:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivorygates
Thank you for this! I'm about to start breaking in a new doctor, and I can use all the support I can get... :P

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Date: 2017-05-16 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivorygates
Seriously. I am so over explaining to these people that water is wet. *sigh*

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Date: 2017-05-16 02:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
I love her! Thanks for the reminder and links.

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Date: 2017-05-16 05:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jeshyr
Michelle is made of A+ awesome - I was able to pay for Skype sessions with her and it was worth every cent. She's really really good at this stuff :)

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Date: 2017-05-24 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] being_broken
I can also attest to her awesomeness professionally as I contacted her and told her a bit about what was going on with me and she wonderfully offered to work with me on what was within her sphere and reccommended someone for the things that were not not her usual (I'm a very very special snowflake). I was pleased and surprised to have anyone be so upfront about what they could and couldn't do for me and would highly reccommend her based on her writing and that.

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Date: 2017-05-16 12:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naine
This is exactly why I tell people you shouldn't concern yourself with diets. Reducing what you eat, and making better choices, sure, but limiting yourself will just make you want to eat more.

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Date: 2017-05-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Ohh, that last sentence quoted! I agree. I stopped dieting at age fourteen, and vowed to never fall prey to that societal bullshit again.

Obviously I fall prey to other societal BS around food. ;) But at least not diets.

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