Have you ever heard these?
“If you just try hard enough you can lose weight.”
“If you live in a bigger body, or gain weight, even a few pounds, you should lose weight. It’s simple and 100% within your control.”
If your Body Mass Index (BMI, which is simply your height to weight ratio,) labels you as “overweight” or “obese,” societal assumptions are made that you’re lazy, lack willpower, don’t care about your health.
Oversimplified and inaccurate ingrained beliefs like these have led to cultural weight bias, an obsession with the number on the scale and weight-centered approaches that are harming, not helping, health.
As a community, in our homes, schools, workplaces, and wellness and health care spaces, we can facilitate a weight neutral approach for better overall health outcomes.Read more →
What if you didn’t start a new “diet” every January? And what if you actually became healthier as a result? No scale necessary. Learn four health behaviors to try on to honor your body and yourself without restriction, elimination, guilt, shame or “shoulds.”Read more →
Since long before the coronavirus outbreak, our society has been plagued by a health crisis unlike any other — diet culture. Every year, billions of dollars are willingly invested in this epidemic. In fact, most people want to catch the diet culture bug! It’s time to push the antidote of wellness. Redefining Wellness Ambassador Tanya Mark reveals how to protect ourselves from the diet culture pandemic and address misconceptions regarding health and wellness!Read more →
Culturally we’ve been conditioned to believe we can love our bodies only when they’re in “perfect” condition. It’s time to let go of unrealistic body ideals and the concepts of “letting yourself go” or needing to “get your body back.” Bodies are meant to change and grow and show the signs of our lives on them. Learn how you too can embrace your body through self-love, self-care and join the body image movement.Read more →
Worrying about your weight as you shelter in place need not be on your mind. Social media’s latest pandemic hashtag — quarantine15 — is diet culture ramping up again to prey upon our body insecurities, body shaming us for profit. Go easy on yourself and others and don’t push weight stigma or food rules during a crisis, or ever.Read more →
Instead of viewing our bodies as problems that need to be fixed, we can heal from generations of body shame created by cultural messaging based on assumptions about health and perfectionist body ideals.
We can dismantle body shame by understanding its origins and the myths that cultivate it, by learning to separate wellness from weight and celebrating body diversity as part of the human experience.Read more →