Labeling Obesity as a Disease May Have Psychological Costs
In my book I make a case for the impact of the disempowering messages of "today" on our waistlines and psyches. Now, here is some evidence that being inundated with defeatist messages from the medical community may really be a form of enabling:
Messages that describe obesity as a disease may undermine healthy behaviors and beliefs among obese individuals, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The findings show that obese individuals exposed to such messages placed less importance on health-focused dieting and reported less concern about weight. These beliefs, in turn, predicted unhealthier food choices.
The other day I was reading a discussion on LinkedIn between a physician and professionals who work with obese individuals. The consensus among them was that until "society" offers better "choices" for healthy eating, that any talk of "personal responsibility" is a form of fat-shaming.
What about offering better THINKING choices that EMPOWER people? What's so shameful about educating ourselves to make healthy choices in a sick society? If any of us waited for the world to become a better place to make better choices, wouldn't that be choosing to give up our personal power?
I really believe the key to fitness is to stop consuming junk in all forms: science, food and thinking. When I step on my scale and look in the mirror more than four years after I began the 50s diet, the validity of the outdated belief system of can do is positively reflected!