We live in a world that is obsessed with diets and manipulating our bodies in the pursuit of weight loss. Obsessed. Our world is obsessed with thinness. Why do we all live in mortal fear of “gaining weight,” getting fat,” or “being fat?” Why is our value as a human being supposedly determined by our body weight? Why do we live in a world that aims to erase body … [Read more...] about What is Diet Culture and Why Should We Challenge it?
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Weight stigma -- or any of its synonyms: weight bias, weight discrimination, fat phobia, fat shaming, sizeism -- are all the same thing. Weight stigma impacts us all, but impacts people in larger bodies the most. Weight stigma is so pervasive that it can almost feel invisible. And for those in smaller bodies, it IS invisible. But for people in fat bodies, weight stigma is something they have … [Read more...] about What is Weight Stigma and Why is it Important?
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with elevated cholesterol, would weight loss be the first thing on your mind? September is National Cholesterol Education Month and I would like to share information about cholesterol and cardiovascular health. Intentional weight loss will not be a focus; rather, the focus will be on promoting health behaviors that are within our control. What is … [Read more...] about National Cholesterol Education Month and Heart Health
Parents - I beg you not to put your kids on diets and delete any tracking apps you find on their phones. Last week, Weight Watchers (well, now called WW) launched an app called Kurbo to “help” parents teach their kids about nutrition and reach a “healthy weight” through daily tracking of food and exercise. The app is targeted to 8 to 17-year-old children. As a registered dietitian who has … [Read more...] about Nobody’s Kids Need This Type of Weight Loss and Dieting App – please read and share
How sad that, in our culture, a woman’s relationship with her body often causes insecurity, fear, self-doubt, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, and all too often, self-hatred. The statistics are downright shocking; more than 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men in the US are struggling with eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder (compulsive … [Read more...] about Disordered Eating, Body Image and Menopause
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), compulsive exercise is not recognized as a specific eating disorder per se, but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term. Serious health consequences can result from compulsive or over-exercising. These include: Loss of bone density Loss of menses (in women) Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (RED-S) … [Read more...] about Are you Struggling with Compulsive Exercise?