Over 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight, according to 2007 estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally over one-third of overweight adult women are obese. Not all, but many women find themselves overweight and unhappy about it. Feelings of shame, inadequacy, insecurity and self-loathing are common among those who struggle with their weight.
Currently, I am of no exception. Last year, due to a health problem, I had to go on a medication that caused me to gain a significant number of pounds. The question I’ve been asking myself lately is, how do I love myself overweight? How do I value and cherish myself exactly where I am? Regardless of the factors that cause anyone to become overweight, we’re then faced with the decision to either love ourselves through it or battle ourselves forever. It’s been a struggle for me to find joy, health and freedom but I’m discovering insights along my journey. My hope is that these thoughts will encourage you, too.
I’m learning that loving yourself while overweight means honoring your body and creating healthy habits for the sake of wellbeing instead strictly for weight control. It means respecting the diversity of body shapes and size (your own included) believing that a number does not dictate your worth. It’s learning to enjoy the act of moving around and becoming in tune with your body’s natural hunger and satisfaction signals. Allowing yourself to live in an unhealthy state (for not everyone who is overweight is automatically unhealthy) when you can do something about it isn’t self-love— it’s actually self-destruction.
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