Self Talk Tips to Fight Weight Stigma


We’re continuing our series for Weight Stigma Awareness Week with this video by Darla on one more way to practice self compassion.  On Tuesday Darla recommended noticing if you would talk to a friend the same way you talk negatively to yourself.

Today Darla suggests stopping negative self talk by visualizing how you would talk to a 9-year-old girl who is feeling badly about herself.  What would you say to her if she thinks she is fat or has even experienced bullying because of her weight?  How would you help her feel better?  We encourage you to help her see that her value as a person is more than a number on a scale or a clothes size, to help her avoid internalizing the weight biases of others.

When your own self talk becomes like that of a bully on a playground, stop yourself and remember that 9-year-old girl.


3 responses to “Self Talk Tips to Fight Weight Stigma”

  1. Rachel Peterson says:

    Darla! What a GIFT this morning to see your beautiful smile on my screen! It is always so comforting to listen to your wonderful voice and hear your powerful message – this is one of the techniques you taught us that i still use – with myself and my clients… would you say the things you do to yourself if you were speaking to a nine-year-old girl?

    I miss you so much and this video clip was like a fabulous Darla-fix! Thank you for continuing to care about us all and make a difference for us, even from afar! Peace to you dear friend! Rachel

  2. Motivation is one of the most important keys to weight loss. Thank you.

  3. […] my inner child finds her way to the surface and begins to comfort me, I immediately apologize profusely to him, […]

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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