Seventeen years ago, a woman asked me something that I will never forget. I still remember the day exactly. I will never forget her words, or how I felt after she uttered them. It was when I was the target of fat shaming.
I was a college student working at an office supply store. It was a sunny day, and I felt cute with my hair in pigtails and a snazzy beige jumper. One of my customers leaned forward with a big smile on her face, and dropped a bomb.
“When are you due?”
If I was pregnant, I would have been ecstatic and would have bubbled with enthusiasm. But, I wasn’t pregnant. In fact, I wasn’t even sexually active.Have you ever had a well-meaning stranger say something that made you want to die? #fatshaming… Click To Tweet
As an obese child, it happened to me more times than I could count. It wasn’t until I lost 100 pounds that I discovered how my weight was holding me back from living, giving and loving at my full capacity. If you were lucky enough to escape the bullying that happens with childhood obesity, you may still be experiencing fat shaming as an adult.
According to the Huffington Post, more than one third of Americans have been fat-shamed. And, of those people, most experienced fat shaming not from a stranger like I did, but from a family member. You know, the people who are supposed to have your back?
Sure, some of these well-meaning strangers or family members may think they’re doing you a favor. However, Authority Nutrition confirms that fat shaming actually makes things worse. Overall, weight discrimination can cause depression, eating disorders, reduced self-esteem and raise the risk of all sorts of mental problems.
You already have enough problems to worry about without dealing with mental issues on top of your physical issues. Am I right?
You may wonder why I became a health coach. It’s not because I want to make tons of money or sell you some shady products. It’s also not because I have a degree in nutrition. (Actually, my BA is in Global Studies and German, and my MA is in Leadership.)
I became a health coach because I never want another woman to wish she could just die. I want every woman out there who is frustrated and confused to become comfortable and confident. I’d love to be the coach who ushers you into a healthier, happier version of you.
If you’re tired of the hiding, the shame, avoiding photographs, and postponing joy until “later,” I am here for you. I was never comfortable asking for help when I most needed it. Can you summon the courage for yourself?
Let’s talk about how you can obtain your brighter & lighter future.
No worries- I hate being sold to, and I won’t make you sit through 15 minutes of pitching. Nothing is more annoying or aggravating. Instead, I will ask you a few questions to learn what your top priority is, and identify one specific action step to reach that goal.
I call it a Weight Loss Breakthrough session. This could mean the difference between being confused and overwhelmed and knowing exactly what to do next in your journey. By the way, my programs are not specific just to weight loss- I love helping people heal their habits.
This time together is dedicated to YOU. Still not sure? You can learn more about me and my process HERE.
If you recently had a baby, congratulations! All of my programs are safe for nursing mothers and mothers who had C-sections. As a mother myself, I am very conscious of providing only the best for my daughters. I want no less for you and your family. And, I don’t know about you, but I’m darn tired of someone hawking products to me that may or may not be safe for my biggest priority- my girls.
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