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As you may know, we live in a culture which promotes a love/hate relationship with food, with our bodies and ultimately with ourselves. Therefore, we are left feeling out of control with our eating and with our lives. Joyce Sarat White, licensed professional counselor and founder of Weighty Issues, helps clients explore information, challenge beliefs and encourages the reframing of one's relationship to food, to their bodies and to themselves. Click here for a more complete description of Weighty Issues.

This blog will provide you with the opportunity to receive support and education. The information is meant to complement, not substitute for professional services. Thank you for visiting, I hope it will become habit forming!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Are You a Diet Survivor?


YOU HAVE NOT FAILED, THE DIETS HAVE FAILED YOU! It is not your fault. When a pattern occurs in a particular way, it can no longer be considered a personal failure.

Why it is hard to give up dieting? CULTURAL IMAGES-We are exposed to 1500 ads a day!

We don't see the culture at fault, rather we adopt faulty thinking. It is faulty because DIETS DO NOT WORK.

Diets are HAZARDOUS to our health!
1. They make one fatter.
2. Weight cycling increases disease.
3. A dieter is 8 times more likely to develop an eating disorder.
4. A dieter is more susceptible to depression.

Letting go of diets...means experiencing a significant loss in your life...there is grief and sadness...Where are you in this process?
1. Denial
2. Anger
3. Bargaining
4. Depression
5. Acceptance

A Diet Survivor-If you have been on more than one diet, lost and regained the weight, and are becoming aware that the failure is not your fault: You are a diet survivor.

You are now embarking on a healing process that is life-affirming rather than life-destroying.

The Tenets of Health At Every Size
1. Health Enhancement-attention to emotional, physical and spiritual well being, without focus on weight loss or achieving a specific “ideal weight”.

2. Size and self-acceptance-respect and appreciation for the wonderful diversity of body shapes and size (including one’s own), rather than the pursuit of an idealized weight or shape.

3. The pleasure of eating well: Eating based on internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite, rather than on external food plans or diets.

4. The joy of movement-encouraging all physical activities for the associated pleasure and health benefits, rather than following a specific routine of regimented exercise for the primary purpose of weight loss.

5. An end to weight bias-recognition that body shape, size and/or weight are not evidence of any particular way of eating, level of physical activity, personality, psychological issue or moral character; Confirmation that there is beauty and worth in EVERY body.

We must be the change we want to see in the world.-Mahatma Gandhi

*Resources- The Diet Survivor’s Handbook by Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel
Moving Away from Diets by Karen Katrina, N. King, D. Hayes

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