Category: weight bias in the media

In the Grip of Obesity Fear

Many believe the answer to the obesity pandemic is education—Educate people about nutrition, physical activity, and health matters. But many of the messages being broadcast the most loudly are not just distorted and misleading, for some of us, they add to our increasing stress and worry. I believe that profit-driven changes in food processing and …

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Obesogenicity & Broken Things: Why America Won’t Solve the Obesity Problem

I learned new words yesterday. Obesogenicity An “obesogenic environment” supports gaining weight by promoting indulgent overeating. It’s the opposite of a “leptogenic” environment which would promote leanness or weight loss. An environment’s obesogencity can be measured by the use of ANGELO, the ANalysis Grid for Environments Linked to Obesity. Whatever ANGELO’s rating system is, I think the entire United …

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It’s Time to Forgive Yourself for Your Weight and Move Forward

This time of year tends to stir up memories, reminding people of events and experiences in their past, particularly those that involve treatment by family members. This week I came upon three blog posts that were essentially laundry lists of pain. Bloggers wrote out in excruciating detail the torment they’ve endured at the hands of abusers, …

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The Paradox of the American Body Image

American culture is riddled with paradigmatic paradoxes in weight and weight loss, body image and body images. Trying to wrap your brain around them may twist your thoughts into knots. What comes to mind first is the immense value our culture puts on both physical beauty AND indulgent food. They cannot realistically co-exist! Yet, we …

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Releasing the Weight of Shame

Do you believe you struggle with your weight because of stress eating? Emotional eating? Do you believe you “struggle with demons” or that you “self-medicate”? I believe that it is society’s own prejudices that have made you see yourself this way. I want you to know it’s not who you are. Click to watch “Release …

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Are There Double Standards for Weight Loss Diets?

Does a vegetarian ever say, “It’s a special occasion, I’ll have the prime rib!” Do vegans think it’s good for the soul to have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s now and then? Would Kosher Jews believe that God is sure to forgive them for an occasional nosh on something as delicious as bacon? Do …

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Is Losing Weight as Easy as (not eating) Pie?

If someone told you being a millionaire was really fabulous and showed you scenes of wealthy people living a pleasure-filled life, would you become all inspired and motivated and say “I’m going to become a millionaire too!” And off you go, filled with inspiration and motivation to do…um, what exactly? This example may sound ridiculous …

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Chris Christie’s Weight: How Perceptions Change as Weight Changes

It was about a month before the 2012 election that I heard someone in the media say that they’d be concerned about Chris Christie’s weight and health if he were a candidate for president. I remember when Dick Cheney’s heart condition was sometimes brought up as an issue. But until now, I’ve never heard anyone …

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You have never been a slave to food!

In Powerful Hunger, I write about the social influences that manipulate us and how they negatively affect our view of ourselves. A commercial I find particularly insulting is for a low-calorie brownie. A woman is sitting alone in a diner, looking resentfully down at her salad when she sees other patrons enjoying a brownie. She …

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Fat Shaming Where You Might Not Expect It

If you’ve looked at any news outlet in the last couple of days you probably saw the video of Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston responding to a viewer who wrote to tell her that she was too fat and that she has a responsibility to be a role model for the viewing public, especially girls. …

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