It has been a busy busy past few weeks for me, but today, I am coming to your inboxes talking about a bit of “Health Stigma” that we all may have dealt with; in some form or another. Either we stigmatized someone else or perhaps we have been a victim of it ourselves.
Food and nutrition is a touchy topic for all of us as it deals with our physiology, mindset, years mental and emotional baggage and even pleasure. It affects our biochemistry, inside out. I’m talking about “health stigma” in my post for you today. How we are a part of it and how we can help stop the stigma. Do have a look.
The food we eat has the capacity to heal us and make us feel good inside out. Or do the reverse, if we don’t consume it well.
There is a huge stigma attached to those people who may be overweight or obese. For a lot of folks who may be at a healthy weight, regardless of their consumption of food (good or bad, depending upon their body’s composition), tend to stigmatize those who are overweight or obese. Explicitly judging others to either be overeating, overindulging, or not eating well for the body or not taking care of their system as well.
Once you’ve seen it I would love for you to think about simple things:
Know the facts first to understand that healthy and unhealthy comes in all shapes and sizes. You cannot possibly know about anyone’s life and passing judgements isn’t the best thing to do.
Be aware of your attitudes and behavior. Examine your own judgmental thinking, reinforced by upbringing and society. Always look within first and empathize.
Choose your words carefully before speaking as words have power. If you like a bit of power play to make yourself feel good in a situation, do it with your own self first.
Educate others. Pass on facts and positive attitudes; challenge myths and stereotypes.
Focus on the positives as we all do have some and truly come from a mindset of helping others while helping yourself as well.
Support people and try to be more inclusive in your thoughts and behaviors. Treat everyone with dignity and respect; offer support and encouragement
Healthy and unhealthy comes in all shapes and sizes. Eat well and live your life well.
Do watch the video here and leave your comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And share it with those around you. Perhaps someone else can benefit from it. A little effort in the right direction is good enough to make bigger changes in the world. 🙂
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