Exercise: it is a prominent part of our lives. It is a prominent thing on our minds. It is something that those with eating disorders use and abuse to lose weight, change their bodies, and deal with negative thoughts and feelings in a negative and unhealthy way, but it is also something that has become … Continue reading Exercise: Is it Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle, or Are You Waging War on Your Body?
I am a 26-year-old woman who wears a size 10/12/14 (this is being a woman isn't it?! What size am I? Who knows...) on top, and a size 14/16 in bottoms. I am classed as obese. And I am sick of hearing my body being talked about negatively in the media. I am sick of … Continue reading The Anti-Obesity Rhetoric Is Not Helping Anyone And We Need To Start Seeing That
Weight Watchers have announced that they are going to be offering free memberships to teenagers aged between 13 and 17 this summer, and my blood has reached boiling point. Not only am I aghast at the company itself for exploiting vulnerable people (however, that's hardly surprising - they are a weight loss company after all), … Continue reading Weight Watchers: A Step Too Far
“I’m being naughty today”, the woman in front of me paying for her coffee and brownie says to the cashier. I grit my teeth and bite my tongue. I want to tell her that the word “naughty” does not apply to food. I wanted to tell her that being naughty is doing something wrong, and … Continue reading Food is Not a Moral Issue
Most of us have grown up in countries preoccupied with weight. We have grown up being told that it is down to us what size we end up at, that we have control over what weight we are, and that it’s about having willpower and making the “right” choices about what we put in our mouths. … Continue reading Why Your Weight is Not as Within Your Control as You’d Like to Think and Why That is Something that You Don’t Want to Hear
On Sunday I read the news that obese NHS patients will not get non-urgent surgery until they lose weight. It made me want to cry. I’m a recovered anorexic who is very active and eats a varied and balanced diet and because of that I am both fit and healthy. I also happen to fall into … Continue reading So Now We Have to Lose Weight to Get Surgery
Health at Every Size and the Fat Acceptance Movement started as small, barely recognised movements. Due to the hard work of those involved and the (very) gradual shift in views around weight, shape, and size, these movements are now beginning to get the acknowledgement and publicity that they deserve. The more exposure these movements get, … Continue reading Health At Every Size and Big Is Beautiful/Fat Acceptance: What These Movements Stand For and Why They Are Important
In the recovery process from my eating disorder, feminism has been one of my best friends, along with the body positivity movement, which I shall focus more specifically on in another post. Feminism is a movement that believes in equality between men and women. I am aware that there are various different subsections of feminism, … Continue reading Feminism and Recovery from a Restrictive Eating Disorder