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Best Weight

This piece by Dr. Arya M. Sharma came across my tweet stream this morning.  In terms of health issues and weight I definitely think that this doctor is on the right track.

He writes: “A patient’s best weight is therefore whatever weight they achieve while living the healthiest lifestyle they can truly enjoy. There comes a point when a person cannot eat less or exercise more and still like their life. The weight they attain while still liking their life is thus their “best” weight, as without the addition of pharmacotherapy or a surgical intervention, no further weight loss will be possible.

It reminds me of this excellent quote by Dr. Linda Bacon: “If you exercise as “punishment” for weighing too much, how can you learn to enjoy being active? If you eat salads only as a way to change the body you hate, how will you enjoy the wonderful tastes of fresh vegetables?

Besides, if hating one’s body effectively motivated change, do you really think there would be many heavy people in the world?

Accepting yourself as you are today doesn’t mean giving up. It means learning to live in the present with the body you have. It means facing and acknowledging reality.

Categories: Fat Acceptance, HAES
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  1. December 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

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