Join Green Mountain at Fox Run as we blog about Weight Stigma Awareness Week, sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Today, we encourage you to recognize and notice your own behavior. How might you be contributing to weight stigma unknowingly?
- Augh! I am SO fat!!
- I wonder how she ever got into those jeans?
- The way he is looking at me, he must think I am a whale.
- The outfit looks so good on her because she is so thin.
This is the language of weight stigma that we perpetuate on ourselves and others…often totally out of our awareness.
The more conscience (or self-conscious) we are about our own weight, the more likely we are to judge others about their weight. The more we judge ourselves about our weight, the more likely we are to stay home and isolate. Weight stigma exacerbates loneliness.
How do you know when you are criticizing yourself or someone else about their weight? Remember, you can not change a thought or a behavior until you are aware of it. For many of us weight stigma is out of awareness, a constant and never ending train of thought. It is no different than judging someone by their ethnicity or sexual orientation.
We use weight and size as a greeting. We used to say “Hi, how are you?” Now we frequently greet each other with, “Oh you look good, did you lose weight?”
This week and every week, be on the look out for how weight and size stigma sneak into your conversation … with yourself, about you, or others. These conversations might be in your head or out loud.
Challenge yourself and others to:
Notice…when your thinking centers around weight or size
Be Aware…of comments by others which focus on weight or size
Educate…by saying, “I have been learning recently that when I focus on my weight it doesn’t help me initiate healthy behavior…”
or, “We live in a world that believes in ‘The Thin Commandments’ and many of us suffer from self-hate. Maybe we can let go of fat talk.”
Add… kindness to your self talk and decrease weight stigma.
What can you say to yourself when you notice weight stigma?
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