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How to change the conversation about obesity: 'It's not a lifestyle choice'

It’s something we hear frequently from the media, health-care professionals, and public policy decision-makers: eating healthy and exercise are the keys to staying fit and staving off obesity. 650 more words

Health

The last socially acceptable prejudice

If anyone else wants to tell me that weight discrimination is not a serious thing, I dare them to become anorexic.  And as they are getting sicker and sicker, hear the compliments they get about their appearance start to flow in, and when they are at the point where they are so sick that they can no longer walk without assistance because their knees keep on buckling, to hear the compliments at their thickest and fastest. 392 more words

Can stories about fat dogs hurt people?

I was snooping around the American Kennel Club website when I came across an article called “The Biggest Loser: Canine Edition.” Before I knew it I was scrolling through a set of ‘success stories’ of extreme dog weight loss; stories that included stats, before and after pictures, and heart wrenching personal narratives. 1,969 more words

Reflection

Body Size and Eating Habits: STOP Judging!Please?

I saw an article this week on Twitter that really disturbed me. It was about “thin privilege”, and it showed a post with two pictures that went viral….one of a thin young woman getting ready to eat a gigantic burger and fries, and the other of a young (larger size) young lady on the beach. 1,241 more words

Key Change

Back in the day I played viola for my high school’s orchestra.  A viola, for those cool enough in high school to not know what I’m talking about, is an instrument halfway in size and sound between a violin and cello and about a quarter as sought-after.  769 more words

Weight Loss

Supporting Healthy Bodies at UNC: Navigating Obesity, Eating Disorders, and Weight Bias

When discussing health, you’ll notice a trend between two approaches – weight normative and weight inclusive.

The weight-normative approach includes the many principles and practices that emphasize achieving a “normal” weight when defining health and well-being. 3,119 more words

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Self-Blame Does You No Good When Your Trying to Get to A Healthy Weight

Individuals with obesity are stigmatized. They face constant discrimination and unsolicited advice.  We carry many negative and prejudicial beliefs that we often don’t notice when it comes to weight and health. 585 more words

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