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The Fat Stigma

May 11, 2009

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Fat has become a bad word. Men and women work their whole lives to avoid weight gain by cutting calories, exercising and going on extreme diets. That’s exhausting!

In a recent Newsweek interview two women talk about how tired they were with battling cravings, fighting fat and waging the war against weight gain. What do they do instead? Embrace their bodies and promote health at every size. In their new book Fat-o-Sphere: Stop Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body they talk about their more weight-neutral approach to living life. The book talks about a healthier approach to living and it’s a lot more fun than constantly comparing yourself to the “thin ideal.”

Many people suffer their whole lives because they are unhappy with their bodies. They have low self-esteem because they don’t look like the models on billboards, in magazines or on TV. The good news is those models don’t look like that either.

There is an important distinction to make. While counting calories, fighting cravings and consistently weighing yourself is exhausting and takes the joy away from other life activities, this is not to say that you should go to the next drive-thru. Rather, by choosing to eat mostly whole grains, vegetables, and fruits and limiting the amount of processed foods you eat your body will find its comfortable weight. By feeding yourself with whole foods you will not only feel good on the inside, but also the outside.

Can you relate to this? Have you been victim of counting calories, weighing yourself constantly and resisting every cravings?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.