Friday, January 22, 2021

#RealDeal Applauds First Lady Obama — “Health Not About Size or Weight!”

First Lady Obama, #RealDeal applauds and salutes you!! THANK YOU for lending  your voice to help others learn that HEALTH is not just about size or weight and for stressing that every person’s body is intended to be different.  It is time to put an end to weight obsession!

From PRWire dated March 18, 2013

first-lady-michelle-obama-1WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Eating disorder advocacy groups unite to applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for her comments on her “Let’s Move!” Google+ fireside hangout March 5. During the chat, attended by more than 3,500 viewers and moderated by Live with Kelly & Michael talk show co-host Kelly Ripa, Mrs. Obama stressed that a lifestyle of overall wellness, not size or weight, dictates health in the long run.

According to The Huffington Post, Mrs. Obama told her hangout audience, “I have two young daughters. We never talk about weight. I make it a point. I don’t want our children to be weight-obsessed. I want them to be focused on: What do I have to do, in this body –because everybody is different, every person’s body is different– what do I have to do to be the healthiest that I can be.”

In a world where pressure to be a certain size and shape permeates our culture in an ever-saturating way, and in a world where eating disorders and body dissatisfaction impact younger and younger children, as well as older adults, we commend the First Lady for spreading this very urgent and necessary message: Health is not about weight or size, it is about overall wellness.

We hope individuals, especially parents and those in the medical field, take note of the First Lady’s comments and begin to encourage health at every size, health that focuses less on weight and more on overall nutrition, movement, and emotional health.

Eating Disorder Advocates include: The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC), Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.), Lisa Kantor, Kantor & Kantor LLP (attorney fighting for insurance benefits for eating disorder treatment), NORMAL, and Mothers Against Eating Disorders (MAED).

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2 Responses to “#RealDeal Applauds First Lady Obama — “Health Not About Size or Weight!””
  1. Alexandra Grant says:

    As a student living on my own in college, it is my responsibility to decide what I want to eat and what is good for my body and makes me feel the best. As a future parent also, I could not agree more with the First Lady. It is important to let children know early on what it means to be healthy and that every body is different. According to an article written by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramore titled “Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift”, “promoting one body size as more favorable than another also has ethical consequences, contributing to shaming and discrimination”(Bacon, Aphramore 2011).
    In reality, it doesn’t just start with the knowledge that the First Lady is telling her children these facts, so its automatically going to be affective. It starts with every household understanding information like this and how important it is for children’s health as well as their mental wellbeing. Instead of being weighed in Physical Education in schools as young as 7th grade, what needs to be taught is the Health At Every Size concept: “HAES research shows that by learning to value their bodies as they are right now, even when this differs from a desired weight or shape or generates ambivalent feelings, people strengthen their ability to take care of themselves and sustain improvements in health behaviors”(Bacon, Aphramore 2011).
    It doesn’t begin with what is on the table for dinner, and I believe that it is the adults that put children through these stressful times in Physical Education that are causing all of the psychological and at the end of the day, killing children and ruining them for the rest of their lives. This is all because they’re bodies are changing in 7th and 8th grade, but aren’t being told that it is OK that it is happening, but that they are just plain gaining weight, and that’s all that the numbers mean. I am a 5’8” athlete and am labeled as obese. I thank “professionals” everyday for putting this label on me because I know myself, and I know that I strive everyday to eat well and be an athlete and the fact that I know I am alright the way I am and are not obese makes me accept myself even more.
    I have never been a numbers person and I think that numbers, in this case, are the most useless things in the world. To the First Lady, I appreciate the message you are putting out there and to your children, because you, ladies, have so much impact in this country and I believe as young women, your girls can make such a difference. Photos of “fat” people on billboards and labels wont help to bring any awareness like the Health At Every Size Concept will. Everybody is different inside and out and it is important that young people understand that it is not what you look like, but your how your lifestyle is and how you can be the healthiest that you can be. Everyone deserves to be accepting of themselves. After all, this life is hard enough isn’t it?

    Aphramore, L. B. (2011, January 24). Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. Retrieved March 22, 2013, from Nutrition Journal:

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