Since I was 10 years old the diet industry has been giving me messages that being overweight is unacceptable and a symptom of personal brokenness. It's claims that the only real way to fit into our society was to be on a diet and weigh a "certain weight" in order to be "acceptable" in the cultures standards. "Good meaning" family members teased and named called in an attempt to convince me that the body that was growing naturally during puberty was not the right shape, so food restriction was introduced and name calling took place of unconditional love and acceptance.
Today, 43 years later, I am watching the hate and disgust from people whose opinions are thrown out at us in the attempt to "help you get healthy", as if anyone who may be slightly overweight to obese isn't qualified to know what is best for themselves. I'm appalled that in today's culturally correct society we still continue to shame other people for having a different body size. So why do we listen to a culture that is not Godly? Or biblical? I have watched a lot of Christians quoting scriptures out of context in order to bash other people who are overweight. Where does it end?
My body was designed by God. His words about me tell me that what He has created is good. I'm not here to debate scripture about gluttony or how we may be using food to cope with our emotions instead of relying on God. (Which I will say-I believe came out of diet culture mentality in the first place). I'm just spending some time to ask you to look at why we won't question a culture that is bent on destruction of the human spirit, by telling us that in order for us to be found acceptable we all need to weigh the same weight or even lose weight? Or at the very least weigh our "ideal " weight. What is that anyway?
I am a certified life and weight coach, I hold an advanced certification from the No BS Weightloss University . And I'm working on becoming a mind, body and eating coach and start that certification path this fall. I teach my clients how to connect with their body and God's design, intimately created, uniquely individual and wholly acceptable, in order to live a life in balance to God's plan for our lives and relationship with us.
When did we become so obsessed with thinking we need anything other than Jesus in order to fit in?
Nutrition is important. I believe that our body holds the answer to what it needs for a sustainable life. I believe that God calls us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and that is