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Today is World Obesity Day, what does that mean?

Today, 11th October, is World Obesity Day.

Each year the organisers, the World Obesity Federation,  focus upon a different aspect of the issue, with this year being weight stigma.

In 2017 they touched upon how we needed to make changes immediately since the number of adults suffering from overweight and obesity continued to rise with trends in 2017 indicating that 2.7 billion adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025.

2016 saw their focus being upon the data which indicated infant, childhood and adolescent obesity is rising around the world.

Making the 2018 issue one of weight stigma could not of been taken without strong consideration, since there are few research tests that would suggest that being overweight is beneficial & so there’s going to be a clear need to tread a fine line between guiding people towards reducing their weight from unhealthy levels whilst not demonising them for the weight they’re are at currently.

It’s never appropriate to name-call or be disparaging about someone for their weight, nor should we assume they’re lazy or don’t care about themselves, since having worked with many clients around weight issues I know all of those statements would be false.

It’s also important to ensure nobody is discriminated because of their weight and their suggestion of focusing on ‘people-first’ language, such as “you have obesity” as opposed to “you are obese” is a much better way of speaking, rather like “you’re someone who gets anxious” instead of “you’re an anxious person”.

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Statistically speaking, only a very small percentage of the population engage in regular exercise, however, it’s those people who’s images appear when advertising sports centres or fitness clothing, which can act to deter those who aren’t anywhere close to that ‘perfect’ body stage from ever beginning an exercise programme or to make changes to their diet.

Sometimes, to begin with, it’s all a client can do to take a 5 minute walk once a day, and to be ‘fat shamed’ wherever they look can act to stop them from going through the long-term necessary steps to improve their health and well being.

It’s going to be interesting to see whether the suggestions that the World Obesity Federation have suggested will help to improve the situation, hopefully it will, but go some way to begin to bridge the gap between on the one hand highlighting the benefits of reducing weight whilst not shaming the person themselves for the weight they would benefit from losing.

I’d be interested to hear what people think about this – comment below or get in touch direct if you’d like to discuss your own situation in confidence.

What would you eat if every item of food you ate had NO calories?

Stick with me on this one. I’m being deadly serious.

Say you woke up tomorrow & turned on the television or read in your news-feed that scientists have now discovered a way to allow our bodies to re-calibrate nutrients.

Say they found a new vitamin or mineral that’s naturally produced and when taken daily, the effect is such that nothing would ever have a calorific value ever again.

What would you eat if food had no calories, if all foods simply provided your body with the macros / nutrients it required?

What if all the arguments, all the variations between “should I eat breakfast?”, or “should I never eat X or only eat Y?” or “Can I eat Z after 6 pm?” became irrelevant?

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When in the day would you eat, and how often each day would you eat?

Rather like those children who take part in those experiments where they can eat what they like, (ice-cream, cakes, biscuits, crisps, etc) whenever they like, without being concerned about putting on or losing weight, what would you do?

Just think about that for a while … eating whatever you want, whenever you want, knowing that it won’t change your weight one jot.

And then ask yourself this: How might you feel about food when you are no longer able to use it as a way to attempt to hurt or control yourself?

No longer being able to punish yourself by eating to excess, or by withholding foods so you can, one day, get down to some ‘perfectly thin’ size.

No more “If I eat just half a grapefruit, all’s going to be good today”, or “I’m unloved, so I’m going to eat this whole box of cakes to help me forget that.”

But what if, whether you ate more or ate less, that decision wouldn’t alter your weight by a single ounce?

What would you do then?

What if food lost its power as a weapon, a way to deliver pain and suffering into your body?

What if food had no ‘negative’ aspects to it?

How would that feel?

Notice THOSE feelings … because that’s where your truth lies.

And once that information, those beliefs have been dealt with, you’ll discover a new way of eating, one that’s surprisingly similar to the idea I mentioned at the top of the page.

So what would YOU do if food lost it’s power, its hold over you?

“… and so perhaps you don’t really want to be thin, after all, do you?”

It’s a funny old issue, this weight loss problem.

And so I’m just going to offer up a suggestion for you; perhaps you don’t really want to loose that weight that you keep saying you do want to shed?

Since, after all, it’s “just” a case of calories in vs calories out, isn’t it?

And it’s “just” a case of doing a bit of regular exercise, isn’t it?

And we all know it’s “just” making sure we eat “quality” foods too, so how hard can that be?

Yup.

Simple.

Or perhaps there’s a little more to it than meets the eye.

Some food for thought

So before your throw a virtual low-fat shake at me, let me suggest that here’s where the answers might lie:-

Understanding how come all your previous weight changing attempts failed.

Recognising what patterns you’ve got that are sabotaging your success.

Letting go of why you might secretly want to keep yourself stuck.

Highlighting where in your timetable you’re putting yourself always in last-place.

What burdens you’ve elected to carry & what ones you can now ditch.

How being “too busy” helps you to stay fat.

Why you secretly love to fail at losing weight.

 

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AIUI we’ve all got 24 hours per day, and within that time there’s opportunities for us to succeed at improving our health … or fail at it.

That choice is yours, nobody else’s but yours.

Don’t do that, do this

So if there was one suggestion I’d offer you it’d be this, stop lying to yourself, and admit you’re gaining from your ‘weight issue’.

Now if you’d like to stop gaining from it any longer, “all” we then have to do is change your thoughts about whatever you’re gaining, ditch that, & replace it with a better way of seeing how the rest of your life could pan out.

Doesn’t that sound a better way of being?

And it all starts by acknowledging that, at the moment at least, you don’t really want to be one once different from how you are, right now.

Hit reply to say whether you agree or disagree, both viewpoints are perfectly valid, BTW.