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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shame is Not the Answer

Shame is not the answer to childhood obesity. As an overweight child, I was ridiculed by adults and teased by other children. 



I felt ugly and ashamed of how I looked. My negative self-imagine followed me into adulthood, and for many years I obsessed over the number on the scale and the size of my pants. My journey to self-acceptance and love has been a long and hard one. 

These days, I exercise and eat wholesome foods because I want to be healthy and live a full and active life with my family. I teach my children about nutritious whole foods and the importance of keeping our bodies strong and active. I do believe that many health problems are a result of poor nutrition and lack of exercise, and I believe that the obesity in children and adults is a problem. But my life experiences have convinced me that no amount of shame or guilt will solve childhood obesity. Children need to feel loved and supported by their family. 

We, the parents need to educate ourselves and pass what we have learned on to our children. We can no longer put our children's health into the hands of fast food restaurants and convenience food industry. We need to fill our homes with real food! Let's do it for our children because they deserve to live a long, healthy, and happy life.


Please head over to Kate Wicker's blog and read Maggie Doesn't Need a Diet or a Humiliating Billboard. It is Kate's article that inspired me to open up about my own body image issues. 

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