One of the cornerstones of “Health At Every Size” is to consider each and every one of us enjoys a natural “setpoint weight”. But what is it and how to reach it?
Words matter. When we keep hearing that thinness = morality and thinness = health, we do end up ‘feeling better’ at a lower weight. But we are mistaken to think we can achieve a better relation to self by modifying our appearance.
“Emotional eating” is usually self-diagnosed. It tends to involve copious amounts of shame and suffering, and is witnessed across a wide spectrum of size, gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, etc. If you identify with this term, here are some ways you can understand it better and slowly dismantle its power over you, in a compassionate, non belligerent way.
Have you ever noticed that it is socially accepted for people to be ‘naturally thin’, yet ‘naturally fat’ people are constantly shamed into weight loss ‘for their health’? In this post, I am exploring the basic principles behind ‘Health at every size’, and why higher body weight does not necessarily mean less healthy.
Starting my coaching practice and this blog made me realise there were strong parallels to be drawn for me personally between acne and chronic dieting. As I sat with this idea, it occurred to me there could be many more links to draw between skin and weight stigma. I thought it’d be interesting to delve into this a bit further, and to take you on this journey with me.