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Ending Weight Hate

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator

Posted on September 28, 2020

In 2019, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) organized their first ever Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW). Focused on raising awareness around weight stigma, it impacts all of us - particularly those struggling with eating disorders.

The second annual WSAW, September 28 through October 2, 2020, has chosen the theme "Ending Weight Hate." As a proud sponsor of NEDA and their WSAW campaign, we could not be more behind this movement!

Living in our fast and technologically advanced culture, we've all been exposed to an array of messages around weight and what is "right." The problem with most of these messages is they don't take into account that what is "right" for each one of us is unique and differs from what is "right" for the unique body of someone else.

If you've gone through any type of eating disorder treatment, you have undoubtedly heard about set point weight theory, meaning that everyone's body has a natural weight range governed not by us, but by our genetics. When society tells us our body's natural set point is not "right," that can often lead to unhealthy behaviors if we try to force our body to do something it doesn't naturally want to pursue or maintain.

This year during WSAW, try to work on accepting your body's set point weight by applying the simple steps below to your everyday life:
  • Listen to your body's cues. When you're hungry, nourish your body. When you're tired or sore, let your body rest and heal.

  • Celebrate your body. Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't wear or do or not do with your body because of its size. Wear and do what you feel celebrates you and your body.

  • Speak kindly about your own and other's bodies. Be mindful of how you speak about your body. Speak with acceptance, understanding and gratitude for all your body does. This also goes for addressing others - including people you do or do not know personally.

Ending weight hate starts with each of us individually, working to create a world in which all bodies are accepted. Please share with us on social media this week how you are working to End Weight Hate by tagging #RenfrewCenter, #WSAW2020, and #EndWeightHate. We can't wait to see what you're doing!
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