How to Decrease the Stigmatizing Effects of Fatness
Mental health professionals often see clients with problems related to body size, body image, and obesity. Some of these clients want to lose weight specifically and others have unrelated issues they want to focus on. Should these clients be encouraged to attempt weight loss even if they have a long history of failed diets that resulted in weight regain? Should clients be encouraged to focus on weight-related issues even if it is not their presenting problem?
Binge Eating and Obesity
We all know what we’re supposed to do to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight for our age, gender, and build. Right? Eat less, exercise more and watch television less, get the right amount of sleep, stay away from junk foods, etc. But bad habits are hard to break. Apparently, we are not practicing what we know to be a healthy lifestyle.
During a time in which nightly news reports and daily restaurant menu adjustments remind us of the rise of obesity in the United States, it seems to be no secret that a high percentage of individuals consume significantly more food than is necessary. The drive to seek out more well-balanced meals, fewer processed products, and an overall healthier diet has come to pervade both the media and the general public’s discourse. However, despite this ever-increasing consciousness, the prevalence of less healthy eating and exercise habits has continued to be an ongoing challenge.
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