EP. #131: What’s Wrong With Words Like Overweight or Obese?

What's wrong with words like overweight or obese? | Weight Loss for Foodies Podcast

As a weight coach, I see one of my roles as fighting our cultural stigma about body size. 

Sure I want to help people be at a weight where they’re comfortable, but weight stigma actually keeps you stuck. 

Worse, it is one of the last bastions of what many people still consider an acceptable prejudice. Too many people still think it’s okay to talk about everyone else’s weight and feel free to say derogatory things about people’s bodies.

It’s wrong and has harmful consequences. 

I often have difficulty finding the right words to use when referring to weight. Even using words like overweight or obese seem wrong. Both involve a judgment. 

When we say “overweight,” what are we talking about anyway?
 

Over what weight? 

How do you determine what the right weight is for someone to make a judgment that they are over that? And why would you even want to go there? 

The most commonly used measure is body mass index, or BMI. BMI is a flawed measure of both your weight and the state of your health. 

I help women let go of unrealistic ideals and be comfortable in their skin. 

In our diet crazy world, where many people choose thinness over health, I help women put being healthy ahead of being slim. 

Listen below to learn how the weight stigma in our culture hurts people and actually prevents us from achieving our goals. AND learn how to become healthier and get to a weight where you are comfortable.

Learn how to stop emotional eating so you can get to a weight where you are comfortable and can feel the liberation of being able to eat what you love without depriving yourself. Check out my free video, Kick the Emotional Eating Habit for Good! at the link below.


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About the Author Shari Broder

I'm passionate about helping foodies learn how to drop their excess weight for good without dieting. I help you discover what is really causing your weight problem (it isn't that you love food!), and teach you how to enjoy the foods you love while permanently losing your desire to overeat. I'd love to teach my method to you! I’m also a gourmet cook and baker who struggled with my weight for 40 years before discovering the secret of how to stop emotional eating and overeating. I am a certified life coach, arbitrator and mediator, and I live on the coast of Maine.

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