Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 Starts Monday!

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weight stigma 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.

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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!


One response to “Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014 Starts Monday!”

  1. Lisa Pharris says:

    At a recent job interview I was asked if I needed a “special chair, in the past women your size have broken many office chairs”

    Needless to say, I did not accept the job

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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