Friday, August 19, 2011

Simple Words, Serious Consequences: What "Fat Talk" Means

by Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Each day, we're on the receiving end of a barrage of messages through more and more mediums that encourage us to be thin. It's the yogurt commercial glamorizing disordered eating thoughts or the tweet urging followers to read an article describing "good" and "bad" foods for weight loss. The underlying message might be cloaked in a word like "beautiful," "fit" or "healthy," but more often than not, there's an implied association with thinness. Under this steady pressure, it's not uncommon to internalize thin ideology, engrain it in our thought processes and behaviors around food and body image and even impress these same ideals on our loved ones.
Awareness of harmful thoughts and behaviors is the first step to ending them.  How can you practice awareness of negative body thoughts and comments?

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