Everything we know about obesity is wrong?

A groundbreaking article, published by Huffington Post, just appeared a few days ago.

I strongly encourage you to follow the above link and read it all the way to the end. Yes, it’s long, but it’s very thorough in its treatment of the “obesity epidemic” and what it is like to live in a large body in today’s society. (No, I didn’t write it.)

Some highlights:

  • 45% of adults are preoccupied with their weight
  • Nearly half of 3-6-year old girls say they worry about being fat
  • It has been known for a long time that diets don’t work (from research dating back to the late 50’s and 60’s)
  • There is no direct relationship between weight and health – habits, no matter what your size, are what really matters
  • Weight bias and stigmatization is huge and prevalent across all aspects of our culture. Especially sad is its prominence in the medical community, leading fat people to refrain from seeking health care because of the unique and persistent trauma they experience

There’s a lot more. Please read the article. Read it all. Seriously, take the time.

When I read it, at first I was elated. Finally, a thorough, detailed examination of this issue outside of the context of an entire book! I hope the article gets spread far and wide and helps wake people up.

But then I was sad. Almost angry. The stories of discrimination, of bullying, of mistreatment. The idea that this is so widespread – through the medical industry, the government, corporations, everywhere. I’d love to say that it is unacceptable, but it is the reality that we live in.

You see, I’ve been working with clients for years trying to help them to get healthy, in body and mind, in whatever sized body they are in.

It is truly rewarding work, as I see women become something they never thought they could be, do things they never thought they could do, contribute in a way they never dared. To help them build the self-confidence and self-esteem that allows them to thrive in this fat-phobic society.

But sometimes it can be frustrating work. Because I hear the stories of discrimination and bullying first hand. And I’ve experienced it myself. I understand the strong desire to just make all that go away by giving in to what society wants – the elimination of large bodied people. I’ve spoken with many women who just can’t envision being happy unless they are in a smaller body. And so back on the diet they go.

Who am I to say whether the torture of dieting is worse than the torture of stigmatization?

That’s why I respect people’s choice.

But what I do know is that women can escape the silent prison of feeling that they are less than, they can improve their health and well-being, they can experience more energy and more joy, without having to diet their body into a different size.

I know this because I’ve achieved it and I’ve helped others achieve it.

If this is a path you’d like to explore, reach out to me and we can set up a time to chat.

Whatever path you choose, may you find the peace that you deserve and that is your birthright.

With gratitude,
Dawn

p.s. To help support people who are wanting to create a peaceful relationship with food and body, who are wanting to let go of dieting, I have created The Food Freedom Club, a private Facebook group. Right now, the group is in its infancy. I invite you to be part of its growth, to be part of our movement towards Food Freedom. To request membership, visit this link.