Self-Acceptance

Treating your body well starts with believing you are deserving of care and kindness

A lifetime of weight discrimination can wreak havoc on self-esteem and leave us believing, really believing, that our bodies are not worthy of care or respect. Accepting your body for the way it is right now, no matter the size or shape of it, is the first step toward a healthy life.

 

This can be a scary prospect.  It is often a significant change from our normal dialogue with ourselves.  We have been told so many times that there is something wrong with us for not being able to lose weight that we start to buy in.  There is nothing wrong with you.  You have been prescribed an ineffective solution for a hugely complicated issue.

 

Take some time to consider more than just the symptom.  The resources scattered throughout this website are a good start.  External support is also important for maintaining a safe and healthy environment and it can be beneficial to (gently) let some people you trust in on what you are going through.  Remember that they may have pre-conceived notions of obesity as well.  It may help to direct them to this site to give them a better understanding of the issue and the research around it.

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