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!