Your Mask First

Know that horrible body image is not an accident, it is the result of a highly profitable marketing campaign.
Exactly–and one that has been destroying lives for decades.
Sometimes I’m surprised that swallowing tapeworm eggs was outlawed. Maybe its because tapeworms are overtly icky. Some of these weight loss schemes are hardly safer.

Dances With Fat

I get lots of questions from parents asking how to help their kids have a positive body image and high self-esteem, and I get questions from people asking about how to help friend with body image and food issues.

I keep thinking of the flight attendants and their pre-flight safety speech – “put on your oxygen mask before you help your travel companion with theirs”.  Because if you can’t breathe, you’re not in a position to help anyone else.

I think it’s the same with self-esteem and body image issues,  and I think that there are two really good places to start:

Realize what’s happening

I think that the way to combat the subconscious programming that happens when hundreds of thousands of images are coming at us all the time is with intentional consciousness. For me it was about becoming very clear that this standard of beauty is arbitrary and…

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