A lot of those misconceptions come from the weight loss industry, which stands to lose a great deal if people stop listening to the “obesity epidemic” hype and look at the evidence supporting a Health at Every Size (R)* approach:
So size acceptance sounds like a good choice, for physical as well as mental health. But how do we get there? As a therapist helping women of all sizes along this journey, I can suggest some ways to move forward:
* Health At Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and are used with permission.
Is it possible, as women, to love our bodies at any size? Many women have gained self-esteem and serenity by letting go of the rigid standards our society has about body size and looks. Letting go is a lot like grieving.
The stages of the process often look like this:
Love Your Body at Any Size