One of the first things I tell clients with PCOS, is to resist the urge to Google how to manage their PCOS.
And that is because the dominant narrative about the management of PCOS is steeped in weight bias and weight stigma.
This means the “advice” given is typically a recipe for a disordered relationship with food and body.
People with PCOS do not need to go on restrictive diets.
They do not need to eliminate foods or whole food groups.
They do not need to exercise for hours every day.
And they do not need to obsessively focus on shrinking their body.
So, where do you go for affirming, weight inclusive PCOS information and support?
Well, I’ve rounded up some of the more weight-neutral, non-diet places on the web right here for you.
Blogs about PCOS
Julie Duffy Dillon
The Joy of Eating
Rachael Hartley on her The Joy of Eating blog has a three-part series about PCOS and Intuitive Eating covering non-diet approaches to managing PCOS and disordered eating and PCOS.
PCOS Body Liberation
PCOS Body Liberation was created by Laura Burns and Julie Duffy Dillon and rather than be a bunch of blog posts is about creating an inclusive community along with resources for healing yoga and food peace to all people with PCOS.
Nicola Salmon’s content is not specifically about PCOS but she is a fat-positive fertility coach so all of her content is affirming and supportive for people with higher weight bodies who are experiencing fertility issues.
Feel Good Eating
Of course, I can’t forget to mention Feel Good Eating in here (wink). If you are new to PCOS, I invite you to check out my Quick Guide to PCOS.
You will also find all my other PCOS specific content here: https://feelgoodeating.com.au/pcos/
Outside of this specific content, the Feel Good Eating archives are filled with information and resources on binge eating, Intuitive Eating and reconnecting with your body.
Social media accounts
So, there are WAY more people over on Instagram sharing affirming, weight-inclusive information about PCOS. Here’s a list of some accounts to follow:
- Kirsten at PCOS Positivity (@pcos.positivity)
- Elizabeth at PCOS Therapist (@pcostherapist)
- PCOS Body Liberation (@pcosbodyliberation)
- Julie at Food Peace Dietitian (@foodpeacedietitian)
- PCOS HAES (@pcos.haes)
- Laura at Radical Body Love (@radicalbodylove)
- Nicola at Fat Positive Fertility (@fatpositivefertility)
- Natasha at Fat Doctor UK (@fatdoctoruk)
I’ll be honest with you; I’ve fallen out of love with podcasts. There are just WAY too many to keep up with anymore, so I am out of the loop about what is out there specifically about PCOS.
This last section contains options that I suggest you tread carefully with. Only approach them if you are feeling up to sifting out recommendations about weight loss and stigmatising content. Or perhaps skip altogether? This is why I haven’t linked to them directly.
The Jean Hailes website is not all HAES-aligned or weight inclusive and very much promote weight-normative approaches to living with PCOS. This is a real shame because the website is extremely comprehensive when it comes to PCOS and other “women’s health” conditions like endometriosis.
PCOS Nutrition does have lots of great blog posts, products, courses and information but a lot of that content is peppered with weight-normative approaches to PCOS. It is much better than Jean Hailes but is still one to approach with caution.
I hope this has given you plenty of options to explore more weight-inclusive, non-diet PCOS blogs and other content online. I’d love for you to bookmark this article as I will continue to add to it over time.
Who else would you add to the list?
Mentioning content, accounts and resources here does not suggest that Nina Mills or Feel Good Eating endorses them unequivocally.