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#WSAW2016: Teaching Kids the Truth

By Michelle May, M.D.

The theme for Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2016 (#WSAW2016) is Teaching Kids the Truth and revolves around kids’ perceptions of weight bias and body image.

This theme is near and dear to my heart! I personally began struggling with body image disturbance and disordered eating around age 12 and I frequently hear similar stories from people we work with who continue to struggle many decades later.

While not technically “kids,” one important group that needs to hear this message is students! In honor of #WSAW2016, we are giving away a free download of Chapter 11 – Don’t Measure Your Self-Worth from Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Students: A Mindful Eating Program to Fuel the Life You Crave.

Here’s a short excerpt:

We are bombarded with messages telling us we’re not thin enough, attractive enough, healthy enough, rich enough, successful enough, or good enough. Enough! Striving to achieve some external measure of success cultivates temporary pride in something that is ultimately unsatisfying.

You-Are-EnoughBuying in to society’s messages leads to distorted, irrational, unrealistic, and painful beliefs and feelings about yourself and your body. Repeating these messages to yourself strengthens them, leading to lowered self-esteem, guilt, shame, and feeling that you are undeserving of the things you deeply desire.

Most important, postponing your life until you reach some arbitrary or outward definition of success or beauty consumes your precious time, energy, and focus. It dismisses your intrinsic self-worth. And though you may fear that if you accept yourself the way you are right now, you won’t make changes, I’ve found that the opposite is true. You care for the things you care about.

From Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Students: A Mindful Eating Program to Fuel the Life You Crave by Michelle May M.D.

You may download the rest of this chapter free here! Please share your thoughts, experiences, and comments below.

Learn more about Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2016 #WSAW2016, the annual online event hosted by BEDA, the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

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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.

One Comment

  1. Peggy Soeldner says:

    I’m by no means a “student” but the message about postponing your life until something happens really resonates with me.

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