• Sarah Hyland

The number

Updated: Sep 20, 2018

One number that dictates your day - every day. Yet there are so many measures of health!

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on a recent experiment conducted by Professor Jane Ogden showed that amongst young women all at normal weight, only those who got a (manipulated) underweight number felt  good about themselves.  For the remainder who got  (manipulated) normal and overweight numbers,  self fat shaming dictated food behaviour and activity  for the immediate future.

When we don't like THE NUMBER, natural appetite and metabolism is ignored and "the way things should be" takes over.

I often think fat shaming is the last bastion of acceptable discrimination. And,sadly, we accept that discrimination from ourselves.

It turns out fat shaming does not work too well - it digs us deeper into a hole of despair and inversely relates  'fatness' with quality of person.

They say 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen and 20% in the gym.

I say 100% of it happens between your ears.

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