Over the past four decades, Green Mountain at Fox Run has helped thousands of women end weight loss struggles with eating, exercise and body image, make long-term healthy lifestyle changes and lose weight permanently. This weight loss blog helps women navigate these changes.

Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 Starts Monday!

By on 09/18/2014

weight stigma awareness weekNext week marks the third annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (of which I am privileged to serve as a board member).

Weight Stigma: Judging People By Their Body Size

Weight stigma is an insidious yet pervasive problem in today’s world. It comes out of the judgment about body size, the judgment about a person’s health based on their body size, the judgment that people are somehow “less” if they are different than the societal ideal.

People have come in all shapes and sizes since the dawn of mankind. Yet as I write, there’s an often unrecognized “opinion” that there’s something wrong with us if we don’t fit the mold.

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That “opinion” is often at the root of struggles with eating and weight. And it’s one that is often lodged deeply inside each of us, as we’ve grown up hearing these messages and have internalized them to the point that we think we’re unacceptable, too. It’s not just the opinion of others.

Weight Stigma Drives Unhealthy Practices To Change Our Bodies

When we think like this, we often find ourselves engaging in unhealthy practices in an attempt to change our bodies. And often we do see change. Except it’s not what we’re looking for. When they diet, most often women end up gaining weight, not losing it. The intentional pursuit of weight loss doesn’t get you where you want to go the vast majority of the time.

That’s not to say that smaller body sizes aren’t right for some of us. But the only way we know that is by letting our bodies find their right place naturally, not trying to force them through unsustainable and hence unhealthy means. In essence, that’s what the Green Mountain program is all about. Helping you find your natural healthy weight and stay there. And it happen as a by-product of living well.

Stay Tuned For More Weight Stigma Awareness Week Activities

I’ll be posting next week about some of the Weight Stigma Awareness Week activities and issues surrounding them. But in the meantime, check out what’s in store here.

I have a post coming up during the week, talking about how when we “take weight stigma off our plate,” healthy eating is a much easier thing to do.

‘Til next week!

Marsha

Have you ever experienced weight stigma?  Tell us!


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7 Ways to Stay Fit This Fall

By on 09/17/2014

Fall is in the air. The colors are starting their annual change to the multicolored hues that descend Okemo Mountain, the ski area we look out on from our perch on the opposite mountain. It’s a glorious sight each year. Family Fitness Then there’s apple picking, pumpkin patches to visit, and cornstalks to gather to decorate the front steps, and mums […] Read more »

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Mindful Eating When Dining Out: Enjoy!

By on 09/11/2014

If there’s one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of many of the women who come to Green Mountain, it’s eating in restaurants. That is, until they’ve gone through a week or two of our program. Then it’s a whole different experience. Change Your Dining Out Experience With A Mindful Approach After a weekend spent enjoying the delights of Vermont, […] Read more »

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The Binge Eating Diaries: I’ve Been Having An Affair

By on 09/10/2014

I’ve been having an affair. It’s sexy. It’s seductive. It makes me feel like I’m on top of the world.  Time stops when I’m with “him”. I feel desired, dangerous, and daring. But as soon as the heat of the moment has passed – I realize what I’ve done. I’ve cheated on myself… again…with Food. I binge and then I […] Read more »

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