I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “I’ll finally be happy when I lose xxx lbs” or “once I get to my goal weight, I’ll be happy” This is not how how it works, you lose weight you get happy. Wait, that’s actually TOTALLY wrong!
First of all, go ahead and kick diet culture in the junk. Kick it hard and kick it good. It’s not you making yourself think this way, it’s actually the fact that we’re taught to value ourselves and our abilities on how we look. That includes our ability to lose weight. And that’s bull crap. Second of all, February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month, or as I like to call it, love your body month. I’ve got lots of body positive stuff coming your way. so gird your loins.
Now that you’re feeling empowered from showing dieting culture whose boss, let’s get into the ‘why’ of this shiz.
Let me give you a little background, I get to have the position to be the bearer of __ news, or the weigh-er for a hospital wide weight loss challenge. I get to be with hundreds of people as they face their moment of truth-did they lose weight like they’d wanted. One observation after my first couple days of weigh-ins was fascinating. The women that were most vocal about their dislike or even disgust for their bodies would totally fit within the ‘normal’ even the low-normal BMI category. Although the BMI chart isn’t a good indicator of health, this analogy fits here. These women weighed 100 lbs less than a number of the other people I weighed. They were the vocal ones about their weight. There’s probably a ton of psychology behind this, but now’s not the time to get into it. These women, who exemplify other women’s weight loss goals aren’t happy with their weight. So if ‘skinny’ people hate their bodies, maybe that ideal weight doesn’t actually make you like your body. Whoa… where’s the bomb emoji?
To take this to another level, how many times have you checked out the “Stars, they’re just like us” section in People magazine. Stars pump gas, go grocery shopping, and ahem hate their bodies. I remember reading quotes from popular celebrity women who lament about their bodies. All of this WHILE being ‘the sexiest woman in America’ for a moment. What? How is this possible.
Maybe self acceptance and, oh my gosh, love comes from something completely unrelated to how your body looks.
stay tuned for more on body image and not dieting for “Love Your Body month”. it’s now and it’s great. If you’d like to improve how you feel about and in your body, fill this out! please and thanks
What do you think?