My colleague, Valerie Minard, touches on something very useful in this article to help reframe how we think about ourselves. This was published in the health and spirituality section of myCentralJersey.com on July 7, 2014. Love yourself and who you are. You are incredible!
“Fat talk” we’ve all done it. Either the silent conversation we have when we look in the mirror critiquing our own physique. Or, the “helpful advice” we have received or might have given someone else about the few extra pounds gained. As harmless as all this might seem, researchers have found that that kind of “helpful advice” can actually backfire and increase the chance of obesity. Why? Because the put downs are more likely to turn their recipients to seek consolation in comfort food – possibly adding more pounds to the body.
“Fat talk” coined by researchers in 1994, describes the self-deprecating talk and fear, that women in particular (of all ages), have about their own body, food, or eating. The good news is we don’t need to accept for ourselves or others that negative model that may lead to overeating, guilt, poor self-image, or mental health issues. Those negative thought patterns can be broken.
But, “how?” you might ask. Well, my own experience tells me, it takes reframing how we see ourselves from a view of the body alone to a spiritual perspective.