Body Image

What to Do When More Exercise and Stricter Dieting Don’t Work
Extreme. Insanity. Obsession Sound familiar? Like words associated with fitness programs that constantly pop up on TV and on your social media feeds, perhaps? Listen, it’s no wonder that many of us believe that working harder and eating less —...
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5 Tools to Help You Ditch Diet Culture for Good
Diet culture is all around us. It influences how we speak and exercise, what we eat and wear, and even how we feel about and talk to ourselves. We are living and breathing diet culture every day, yet most people...
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Should You Compliment Others on Weight Loss?
“You’ve lost so much weight! Tell me your secret!” There is a woman — we will call her Cindy — that I’ve seen at the gym for the last eight years. I don’t know her well; only enough to exchange...
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Important Considerations When Lifting With a Larger Body
I am an amateur super heavyweight strongwoman. I am fat. I am 5’8 and I weigh 320 pounds. Why did I tell you my weight? Because I exist. Because others aren’t comfortable sharing. Because what women do weigh is a...
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Valuing Ourselves Beyond the Physical Aspect
When our female friends are feeling insecure, we are often quick to reassure them with statements like “You’re so beautiful,” or “You look hot.” Often, this kind of situation arises either because our friend is criticizing herself (like “Ugh, I...
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How to Be a Size-Friendly Coach (Regardless of Your Own Size)
“Body positivity” has become a buzzword concept of late. Even though the idea may be new to many, the movement grew out of the fat-acceptance movement of the late 60s. Today, influencers and brands are jumping on the body-positive bandwagon...
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5 Strategies to Cultivate Body Respect in a Thin-Privileged World
As a nutrition coach, I often hear things like: “I just can’t accept my body at this size.” “I need to lose weight so that I can feel more confident.” “I will [start dating, apply for that new job, try...
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What Is Obsessing About Your Body Helping You Avoid?
In the last decade or so, our culture has maintained its long-time obsession with weight, but added obsessions with health, fitness, wellness, anti-aging, and nutrition as well. We started valuing bodies that were strong and lean over bodies that were...
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How Do You Speak About Fitness?
Have you ever read one of the list articles about all the hidden meaning in logos? After you do, you’ll never not see the arrow in the FedEx logo. Marketing doesn’t happen spontaneously. Companies create messaging campaigns around a brand...
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