It is hard to give a good example to our kids when our own eating behaviour and body image have been skewed by years of yo-yo-dieting, misleading health advice and media pressure. If we develop a better relationship with healthy eating and exercise, then not only will our own bodies benefit, but our children will have a great example that they can learn from.
Only 3% of women in the UK are totally happy with their bodies...that is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY...even the slim people are bloody unhappy with their bodies...don't you get it? slimness shouldn't be the goal...happiness should be regardless of what size you are. I argue that being unhappy is THE most unhealthiest way to be.
One of the many reasons that women, and occasionally men, come to see me for weight loss advice is because they want to start a family, but are struggling. Did you know that obesity is a major cause of difficulty getting pregnant - and can increase the risk of miscarriage or problems during pregnancy and childbirth?
You don;t know what it feels like to be long term overweight Katie, nor do you know what it feels to live on a low income, or live in a culture where convenience food is the norm. Its all well and good sitting next to Christina with an understanding look of concern and a gentle pat on the arm but what are you actually going to do to help her Katie?
I beg you. Don't buy the mags with the fat shaming on the front, don't click the link with Kim K's rear on it (seriously, she is tiny in real life) and don't buy a size smaller then you are in embarrassment at what the till people will think of your actual size (just me?). The sooner we stop, the sooner we all smile a bit more, and nothing is more beautiful than that.
In the last ten years governments around the globe launched huge campaigns against the tobacco industry and rightly so. Holding a cigarette in the United States became such a taboo; you might as well be holding a gun instead! Sugar has become the new tobacco killer and governments have done very little, if anything at all, to tackle this problem. Why?
While technology has been a pervasive force in fitness, sports and training for sometime, it's the way it has entered into our bedrooms that has gotten a bit more interesting. From late night tweets from your trainer and Pilates studios looking for Facebook 'Likes' to monitoring your every move with a Fitbit-Jawbone-Fuelband device, fitness went hi-tech in at least, say, 2011.