People often talk about thinness, and the desire for thinness as a given. It’s so ingrained in our culture (thanks, $58.6 billion diet industry) that we don’t often ask the question “Why do you want to be thin?” What would being thin mean to you? I want to break apart some thinness myths. Let’s take a closer look at nine supposed benefits of being thin.
Kids are, allegedly, getting fatter. But not a single study shows that weight loss works for more than 5% of people, and, by the way, despite fears about obesity, U.S. life expectancy continues to rise. So why are people continuing to fixate on childhood obesity? I think maybe because it’s obscuring a much bigger, scarier issue. This issue being childhood poverty.
It seems that every year around this time, I get gazillions of e-mails from folks who are nervous about the holidays. Explaining to your family that you don’t want to know the number of calories in pecan pie, or that – yes – you have put on a little weight, and it’s totally okay, may not be your idea of a fun holiday. So what can you do to survive through it? I’ve got some ideas.
“Lose 20 pounds, and you’ll feel better.” “If you started exercising, this wouldn’t be a problem.” If you aren’t thin, chances are you’ve gone to the doctor’s office about a lingering cold, or a hurt elbow and had to listen to comments like these from your doctor. These situations can be awkward, and triggering. So can we handle them in the moment?
For a lot of people, exercise is a chore. They dread doing it, and if it doesn’t result in the weight loss they were hoping for, it can be even more discouraging. So how can you switch to a more body-positive approach to exercise? In this week’s video headline, Golda Poretsky offers some advice! Watch her explain how to find the right exercise for you, and how to recognize the benefits of it.
So much of what we find attractive is determined by the media we consume. This media has presented a very particular definition of beauty, part of which is thinness. So how do we, as body-positive feminists, move past this generalized and restrictive definition of beauty and start to find the beauty in fat? Watch Golda Poretsky present some helpful hints and tips for beginning this process!
One of the most common questions I get from prospective clients is this: “If I practice Health At Every Size, will I gain weight?” And here is the answer I pretty much always give: “I don’t know. But I do know you will FEEL much happier and more at peace with your body.” Maybe unsurprisingly, not everyone is too keen on my answer. So let’s talk about weight.
Sometimes I feel like we’re living our entire lives and viewing our whole world through a camera lens – including ourselves. And yet, on the bright side, I also see it as an interesting opportunity to reclaim your self-image. I think that if you go with it, you can actually use things like selfies as tools to improve your body image – and your overall self-esteem.
I think nearly everyone knows the feeling of being uncomfortable in your body and wearing too much clothing to cover it up. But all that makes you is sweaty, uncomfortable, and angry. A few years ago, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t going to let myself be angry and uncomfortable (or sweaty!) any more. So I started using a technique that I’m going to share with you right now.
Body acceptance is not about disregarding your health. Its about loving and accepting your body and wanting to take care of it. There is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” body, and it is important to listen to your body and all the signs and signals it provides you. Accept yourself and your beautiful form, and this will encourage those you interact with to love their bodies as well.