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Michelle Goes On a Diet… That Lasted 20 Years

By Michelle May, M.D.

The annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the harmful effects of weight bias and weight discrimination on the lives of individuals and our communities. Today’s #WSAW2015 events are focused on children and weight-based bullying.

This is a very personal issue for me since, as a child who was larger than many of my peers, I too was bullied. That contributed to many years of self-esteem issues, yo-yo dieting, and disordered eating. It also fuels my passion for helping individuals and communities heal their relationships with food and their bodies.

So today in honor of #WSAW2015, I am once again sharing my story, Michelle Goes On a Diet… That Lasted 20 Years (A Cautionary Tale), with the hope that is will raise awareness about weight stigma and weight-based bullying in children.

Michelle Goes On a Diet… That Lasted 20 Years is a cautionary tale for those who influence the lives of children. This inspiring story is about a 10 year old who goes on a diet and is transformed from a happy little girl to a body conscious teen who becomes the poster child for yo-yo dieting for the next 20 years. Through mindful eating, joyful movement, and self-care, Michelle becomes who she always was: A whole person body, mind, heart, and spirit, whose worth does not depend on the shape of her body or any other external measure of her value.

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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