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One Of Women's Greatest Fears; Weight Loss Companies Depends ON

From the time I was about 24 years old, I've been a consumer of diet programs and products -- from weight loss camp to diet pills,
diet frozen dinners to weight loss support groups.
At the same time, I've always been confident, outgoing, and had a strong sense of self, never hesitating to know or to communicate who I am. And that has been the truth no matter where the scale has gone.
But the folks behind weight loss programs, pills, supplements, foods, and support groups want me -- and women like me -- to think otherwise. They'd rather our sense of self-worth and identity was
                                                      inextricably woven to our weight.
I realized this recently when I saw a posters at a Weight Loss center, which display the following boasts from now-thin women:
I couldn't help but notice that these were the messages exclusively from and targeting women ... Women like a lady in one of my Get-Thin meetings, actually, who called the leader's bluff and remarked that she's always worn fashionable clothes and loved how she looks in them, no matter what size she's fit into. The point she was making was loud and clear: Just because you have some weight to lose doesn't mean you should be having an
                                                      identity crisis!
After all, men aren't being told that they need to drop the pounds to be the person they've always wanted to be. In fact, the GET-Thin poster from and for men read, "You can do this."
 That's all. No mention of self-worth, the mirror, the real him. No, all he needs is a little Tony Robbins-style motivational tape.
I'm in a Lifetime Get-Thin Program, currently I am trying the new Sensa program.  I approval of the plan itself for the most part as a great way to learn to eat less. But noticing how these two campaigns are like night and day really underlined a mega, double-edged problem when it comes to what Get-Thin  and similar companies are selling women, and what we're buying. It's so disappointing to see how these commercial diets continue to steer us into a dangerous trap: Tying up who we are as people, our minds and souls, with our weight. Telling us that if we're overweight, we must not be our authentic selves.
It's the reason we waste so much time and energy berating ourselves when our jeans size goes up or when we have a craving for a "bad food."
The reason some women overeat, under eat, or find themselves in abusive relationships, because they don't feel worthy of anything else. It's the reason we struggle to treat ourselves to self-compassion when we look in the mirror on a daily basis.
The reason it's possible to negate a woman’s success simply by calling her fat. Because the message women get from society is basically that if you're overweight, you're a nobody, or at least, you're certainly not the "person you've always wanted to be" or the "real you." But hey, once you're thinner, you will be! Tsk, tsk. Oh, but men, if you've got a few pounds to pare, fuhgettaboutit! You got this!
These sexist
and completely screwed-up polar opposite messages assault us basically all day every day in this country. But perhaps realizing just how twisted and sad they are is the first step to tuning them out and embracing the truth that a scale is just a scale, a clothing size is just a clothing size -- never to be equated with the person we are on the inside.
Do you feel like weight is inextricably linked to who you perceive yourself to be?
According to the media, it’s impossible to be fat and female with high self-esteem.
Over the years, we’ve watched
Jill Scott,
Raven Symone,
Jennifer Hudson
represented the “big” girls with valor, style, and heads held high. They were confident, gorgeous performers, reaffirming Jill Scott’s mantra of “beautifully human.” As each of these women has lost considerable weight, the media’s coverage has focused on weight loss as a self-esteem booster instead of a
                                                      health priority.
While slimmer, healthier figures are empowering, it’s quite possible that many women would choose to be fat and healthy if the two could coexist peacefully. Admittedly, mainstream magazines, TV programming, advertising, and films are saturated with images advocating “skinny as sexy.” It’s rare that you find an editorial spread that promotes fat as beautiful.
Does the way weight loss programs target women vs. men bother you?

4 Comments to One Of Women's Greatest Fears; Weight Loss Companies Depends ON:

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Mary Feagin on Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:42 AM
Hey,Diva what is a great support to control/loss our weight. Since last some days I am face over weight problem as a woman I am not happy for my weight. I hope your information help me to reduce my over weight. Really you make me proud. Thanks
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Diva D on Monday, December 03, 2012 6:42 PM
Thank you for your comment. It has inspired me to do a blog on breast cancer. Stay Tune-in!!!

Diva D on Monday, December 03, 2012 6:48 PM
Thank your comments. I wish you for you GREAT SUCCESS on your venture into great health. I myself struggle eveyday... Keep Us Posted on your progress
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