Over the last 3 years, several WIN Wyoming members have sent me articles,
sayings, quotes from clients, and personal insights relating to the WIN Wyoming
principles and mission statement. For May and the renewal of the spring season
in Wyoming, I share some of my favorites with you.
- Society does little to give children the message that their bodies are
wonderful and valuable simply because they live within them. We must do a
better job of telling children (and ourselves) that everyone is welcomed at
- When it comes to body image and children, adult passivity may be one of
our worse enemies. Adults should let children know when they dont agree
with the narrowly defined acceptable body images portrayed in the media.
Adults must be willing to take a stand against harmful teasing.
- The popular "before" and "after" photo shots promoting
the newest miracle weight loss diet are about a lot more than body weight.
The after pictures usually include fashionable clothes, a stylish hairdo,
improved posture, professional make-up, and a great smile. Weight loss may
actually be less significant than the change in attitude portrayed in the
photo. You dont need to lose weight to change your attitude.
- Fatphobia (the fear of being fat) now occurs in children at very early
ages. Instead of eating for enjoyment, satisfaction and nourishment, more and
more children are eating with feelings of guilt, fear and restraint. We must
forward the message of food being a nourishing friend, not a fattening enemy.
- The social stigma against obesity is extraordinary in its magnitude and
pervasiveness. Currently, only the state of Michigan includes weight as a
protected class under the states Civil Rights law.
- The definition of ideal body size differs greatly from one culture to
another. Most North American cultures consider slim figures attractive. Many
Samoans admire the obese. Over time, the definition of ideal body type
changes within a culture (compare the flapper look of the 1920's, to the
voluptuous Marilyn Monroe body types of the 1950's, to the thin but muscular
bodies idolized today).
Compiled by Betty Holmes,
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