Weight Off Your Mind:
Eating Disorders

Today, in our society, more attention is paid to "diet" as opposed to health. Women, in particular, are held to an impossible standard that does not allow for their biological predispositions. The sad facts are that many women start dieting as young as 8 and 9 due to already having a negative body image. More than 50 million Americans will go on a diet with as few as 5% maintaining their lost weight.

DIETS DO NOT WORK! And yet, there isn't a day that goes by that a new diet comes to the public's awareness. If diets worked, why are there so many and why is our population fatter than ever? The fact is that diets can make us fatter and unhealthier. With each diet, the weight is regained and the percentage of fat is increased at alarming rates in our body. In addition, a negative body image and inability to live up to unrealistic standards increases as our emotional and physical health decreases.


There are many reasons that include our culture and society as well as psychological and family issues that contribute to this unhealthy and dangerous practice.


Yes, but first you need to define what is meant by healthy. Being thin is not necessarily healthy nor is being overweight necessarily unhealthy. Second, it is critical to explore your self-image regardless of what you weigh. There is a myth that "once I lose the weight, I will live happily ever after". While returning to health will certainly help you feel better, if you are not content with yourself or your life, this will carry forward even if you lost weight. And third, get the facts. Body size and shape are largely genetic. Diets decrease your positive sense of self and can contribute to a negative and poor relationship with food. The diet mentality can contribute to life threatening eating disorders. Chronic dieting makes us miserable, unhealthy and can lead to depression, lack of energy and other serious health issues.


  • Learn how to make healthy choices while not "dieting".
  • Uncover your emotional relationship with food and your body.
  • Understand reasons for emotional hunger.
  • Discover your true identity - your authentic self.
  • Learn how to accept who you are.
  • Increase self-esteem.
  • Learn how to listen and trust your body.

These are some areas in which exploring and learning about them increase emotional and physical health.

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