ABC article on Weight Loss Experts
Thanks to Marilyn Wann for sending me this article, here is the response we sent in:
This article illustrates how challenging and complex the fields of eating disorders and body image are. What is frequently omitted in these types of articles is that a person in today’s society is not just battling weight and possible disordered eating patterns, but the concurrent addiction to being thin enough to please the eyes of society. The quote I found intriguing from the article was, “it’s an interesting thing to be both a person who assists others with weight loss while battling weight demons of your own.” A registered nutritionist’s treatment objectives frequently do NOT focus on weight loss, but on healthy eating. An individualized treatment plan, means just that. Each plan is designed for the needs of the patient. But the cruelty and rigid demands of our culture to be a size 4-6 as an acceptable size often eclipses the goal of establishing and maintaining an individualized healthy lifestyle. This narrow measurement of success results in extreme yo yo dieting as a person has difficulty accepting that what they look like while following healthy menus and activity levels does not coincide with what they are told they should and will look like. Blame is placed on the person by implying that if they could only slay the food demon that is controlling their actions they will be beautiful, healthy and successful. Until the demons of size discrimination and skinny tyranny are exorcised from our culture, RD’s and therapists, like myself, will be challenged to find ways to steer our patients/clients onto the road of self-acceptance and health as a way of life and not just temporary fixes that allow them to visit the world of thinness once in a while. Dr. Deah Schwartz, Co-Author: Leftovers, The Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater.