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My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.

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65 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves — whether we’re celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. When I say body positive in the title, I mean anything that supports a positive body image. Anything that supports taking kind, sweet care of ourselves or others. Anything that inspires or uplifts. Anything that provides meaning and nourishment. I hope these give you some good ideas!

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15 More Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on Weight

On Friday, I shared 15 ways we can boost our health and well-being, which have nothing to do with weight. Health is very personal, and how you define health is entirely up to you. My intention is to show that there are many, many ways we can get healthier, without having to focus on arbitrary numbers -- especially since for so many of us those numbers actually lead to unhealthy habits and shame.

We don't need to create an end goal of X number of pounds, which may or may not happen. Instead, we can start to feel better right away. We can engage in habits that inspire and energize us, that calm and relax us, this very minute. Below are 15 more ideas.

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15 Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on Weight

Recently, I received a comment on this post, which I wrote several years ago. The reader, Julia, thanked me for sharing suggestions on boosting our health and well-being, which don't include losing weight. This inspired me to share some more ideas. Because there are countless ways we can get healthier and take great care of ourselves that have nothing to do with weight.

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A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids

Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda's Big Dream. It tells the story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Skating Show. But her confidence plummets when her skating coach makes a comment about her weight.

I’ve known Judith and Elizabeth for several years now, and have featured their important work here on Weightless. Elizabeth is a high school art teacher and illustrator who creates beautiful images that reflect a diversity of body types. As she says on her website: "Happy art for every body!"

Judith is a licensed clinical social worker who's been helping people overcome overeating and build a healthy relationship with food and themselves for over 25 years. She's also the author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating.

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Body Image And Self-Care: On Asking For Support

Last week I wrote about how we can ask for what we need. Because we can't expect others to read our minds. And we can't expect them to decipher our hints, jokes or passive-aggressive remarks.

That's why it's key to be clear, direct, humble and polite.

Sometimes, though, we might not have the words. We might not know what to say when we're put on the spot. Or we might be too frustrated, angry or hurt to say the words.

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Body Image Booster: What Is Your Dream?


Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality.

I was inspired to share my dreams by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard's achingly beautiful piece.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.

I have a dream that we'll focus on cultivating healthy habits instead of remaining chained to the numbers on our scales (or calipers).

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Helping Your Child Have A Healthy Relationship With Food: Part 3 With Dr. Katja Rowell


This is the last part of my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, M.D., a feeding specialist and author of the must-read book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. (I highly recommend it for all parents!)

Below, Dr. Rowell reveals the practical and effective ways parents can help their children build a healthy relationship with food. Specifically, she follows Ellyn Satter's evidence-based feeding models: The Trust Model and Division of Responsibility. I wish these models were standard practice in every pediatrician and dietitian's office.

Dr. Rowell also discusses healthy eating and feeding in our earlier interviews on Weightless. Be sure to check out parts one, two and three.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog. Also, check out these valuable additional resources from Dr. Rowell’s website.
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