It Happened This Week: Fat Prejudice, Bathing Suit Season, Talking to Our Kids & Intrinsic Exercise

By Marsha Hudnall
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The internet is buzzing these days with talk of fat acceptance.  It’s not a well-understood concept from a lot of perspectives, and perhaps one of the least understood is the impact of fat prejudice on the lives of those who society views as less than acceptable.  Harriet Brown enlightened a lot of people this week with her essay “For Obese People, Prejudice in Plain Sight.”

It has been a glorious week in Vermont — summer is on its way!  Does the thought strike fear into your heart?  Elizabeth Patch talks about silencing her inner critic’s thoughts about the upcoming bathing suit season.

The mothers among us all want to be perfect role models for our children.  Perfection is impossible but that’s generally a pursuit that plagues most who struggle with eating and weight.  This article enlightens us as to some of the other inner struggles of disordered eating moms. And on the body image blog WeAreTheRealDeal, Lovetoeatinpa (a frequent commenter on A Weight Lifted) tells how she told her daughter about her compulsive eating. We’re behind her 100% of the way.  Because no matter how we think we can hide our issues, our children see through our masks.  Being open about our own struggles may help our children make sense of what they might see as disconnects between what we say and what we do.  Role models don’t have to be perfect.

On the blog Weightless, a reader asked about how a recovering bulimic can exercise without turning it into a purge.  The answers from leaders in the Health at Every Size community give good insight for anyone who wants to know how to move away from exercising to lose weight to exercising to feel good.  In our book, that’s the only way most of us will keep doing it long-term.  Otherwise, it becomes a start-and-stop behavior, that often lands on stop.  We’ve got a couple of articles on the subject, too:  Exercise Is Not a Four-Letter Word and Intrinsic Exercise: Learning to Love Physical Activity.

I’m off to FitBloggin’ to talk about body image.  My fourth and last conference in five weeks!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

5 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Marsha, thanks so much for featuring a link to Weightless! I was so grateful for the fantastic feedback I got from HAES experts.

    I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Patch’s work, so I’m happy to see that you linked to her post (the other articles/posts are excellent as well!). I love this post; it’s truly an important reminder to enjoy the beauty, relaxation and peace of spring and summer. I also think the illustration is stunning.

    Here’s my fave part of Elizabeth’s post:

    Let’s paint our toenails, and remember the pleasure of walking barefoot on the lawn.
    Let’s find something cute & comfortable to swim in, and anticipate the heaven of floating in a lake.
    Let’s welcome the blue skies and butterflies, and simply enjoy being alive !

    Also, have a great time at Fitbloggin! I can’t believe you’ve been to so many conferences in such a short period of time. You’re amazing! :)
    .-= Margarita Tartakovsky’s last blog post..Body Image, Dieting & Failure: Looking at Life from a Different Lens =-.

  • love2eatinpa says:

    thansks so much for shoutout, marsha! hope you have an awesome time at fit bloggin. i really wish i could have gone. will they do another one next year?
    .-= love2eatinpa’s last blog post..What Would You Tell Your Younger Self? =-.

  • Marsha says:

    Hi, Margarita & love2eatinpa,
    FitBloggin’ is fun! Meeting so many people whose blogs I read and who I tweet with. I imagine it will take place again because it’s well-attended. Great weather here in Baltimore, too! Altho not getting out in it much. :)

  • I have read several posts here today (catching up) and I do have a question….. I see so many posts about loving your body, learning how to nurture your body, etc…. I would LOVE to see some examples of ways to learn to nurture your body when 1. food has been the only way up until now and 2. You were never shown any of those ways….
    This inquiring mind wants to know…….
    .-= Julie – Big Girl Bombshell’s last blog post..Looking at What’s Missing =-.

  • Marsha says:

    Hi, Julie,
    It’s a great question and one we address at Green Mountain every week. And I’ve addressed it a few times here on A Weight Lifted. And in articles we’ve written. Here’s one that focuses on starting with self-acceptance: http://www.fitwoman.com/fitbriefings/selfandsizeacceptance.shtml

    Margarita who commented above also posted just this week a number of articles by others on body image that might help: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2010/03/20-inspiring-ways-to-boost-your-body-image/

    Hope some of these do help!

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