Take Weight Stigma Off Your Plate to Really Eat Healthy

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It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2014

weight stigma body imageDo you know what you’re thinking about your body?

If you’re a woman who has struggled with your weight, there’s a good chance you’re not thinking too positively about it. And as Dr. Kari Anderson, our binge eating specialist at Green Mountain and leader of our new Pathway℠ program for binge eaters, would say, “Of course you don’t think positively about it. All you hear are negative things about your size.”

Unless you are one lucky girl. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen a lot in this society.

When Kari says that, she’s referring to the fact that so many of us have internalized messages of shame about our bodies. And they’re bodies of all sizes — we don’t have to be larger bodied to be ashamed of them.

Women Of All Sizes Can Internalize Body Shame

Research suggests that women experience an average of 13 negative thoughts about their bodies each day while 97% admit to having at least one “I hate my body” moment each day.

Helping To Raise Awareness About Weight Stigma

That’s why we at Green Mountain at Fox Run have added our voice to the rallying cry that has come forth from the Binge Eating Disorder Association about weight stigma. This year marks the third annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week.

It was a week I was honored to chair last year, and one that I am contributing to this year. You can read my post “Taking Weight Stigma Off Your Plate: Making Healthy Eating Happen” on Friday. Check the schedule here to find it. You’ll also find a wealth of other posts from experts, advocates and other individuals passionate about the need for awareness of weight bias and its negative impact.

Here’s a sneak preview of the two steps I outline in my post. Tune in on Friday to the link above for details.

How to Make Healthy Eating a Part of Your Life…Really

Step #1: Move away from a focus on weight. 

More often than not, that will take you where you don’t want to go.

Step #2: Redefine healthy eating. It can include foods you love!

While you’re there, check out the toolkit Weight Stigma In Nutrition Counseling Settings: Guidance for Individuals, Friends and Families. While well-intended, many nutrition counselors may unwittingly be fostering weight stigma in their practices. This toolkit equips you to advocate for yourself, to remove weight stigma from your counseling sessions.

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About the Author

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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