Finding Peace In The War Against Obesity
There’s a revolution afoot. It takes on ingrained notions about eating, exercise, weight, health.
- That counting calories is the best way to avoid consistent overeating and weight gain.
- That the “no-pain, no gain” approach to exercise is the best way to get fit.
- That healthy weights are primarily determined by what you eat and how much you exercise.
- That actively trying to lose weight is the best route to reaching your healthy weight and staying there.
- That weight is even a primary indicator of health.
Those ingrained notions ignore the facts.
The Facts About Dieting, Weight, and Body Shaming
- Counting calories hasn’t worked for most people for over 50 years. (So why should it work now?)
- Most people who diet end up regaining lost weight — and more.
- A person’s weight is dependent on much, much more than what they eat and how much they exercise.
- You can’t tell whether a person is healthy or not based on their body size.
- Blame and shame never motivates.
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When Counting Calories Doesn’t Work
The revolution can be summed up with a message we’ve promoted at Green Mountain since our founding. That focusing on our weight won’t get us where we want to go — to health, happiness, fulfillment. A more effective focus is on our health and well-being. And realizing that there is much more to life than our clothing size.
Helping Women Feel Good About Themselves And Their Bodies
Our focus at Green Mountain is helping women reconnect with how they feel, with the goal of feeling good in the moment and long term. It’s a focus that can help us think very differently as we make food, physical activity and other lifestyle choices.
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Accept Your Wonderful Self: Size and Self-Acceptance
A huge part of feeling good is how we think about ourselves.
That’s one reason I love Linda Bacon’s and Lucy Aphramor’s new book Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight.
Review: Body Respect by Linda Bacon, PhD and Lucy Aphramor, PhD
They Had Me at Respect
The word “respect” introduces a whole new twist on the subject. It involves respect for ourselves as well as from those who work in the healthcare arena — especially physicians and other healthcare providers who daily deliver advice to their patients. And regulators who determine health policies for the nation and ultimately shape the mainstream approach to issues like weight.
At the heart of the book are the Health at Every Size® principles that are so often misunderstood. Click on the link if you’re not familiar with them. I won’t go into them here except to say that if a person truly understands them, they’re easy to support. They’re not about giving up; instead they’re about supporting every one of us at every level of ability, at every socioeconomic strata, in taking care of ourselves to the extent we can and if we choose to do so.
Ultimately, they’re about finding peace in the war against obesity. As Linda has said before, HAES® is the new peace movement.
A New Kind Of Peace Movement
If you’re interested in learning more about this new peace movement, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Body Respect. It’s an easy and interesting read that also includes self-help style advice that could make a difference in your own life as well as the lives of your loved ones, or if you’re a healthcare practitioner, your clients and patients.
Here’s a snippet from the review I wrote for the book: “…The title says it all. If you want to support optimal well-being, the place to start is with body respect, understanding, and appreciating the body for the marvelous creation that it is, and then focusing on the true factors that impact health for everyone, regardless of size.”
Free Book Giveaway: Leave A Comment by October 17
We’re pleased to give away a copy of Body Respect. Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook page under this post, by Friday, October 17.
Tell us why you think respect is important to a person’s health.