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Are you suffering from Fattitude?

Are you a person who has a continual dialogue with yourself regarding your looks, especially those relating to your physical self?  Researchers at Northwestern University are finding the amount of people who are engaging in self “fat talk” is increasing at alarming rates, a whopping 93% according to one study!

Obesity is a problem in America and one that we should take seriously.  However, “fat talk” is something that women of all sizes and body types are increasingly taking part in.

The phrase “fat talk” was coined by researchers who observed the way women talked about their bodies. They discovered this talk started in girls as young as 10 years old.  It’s not just about body but also is about discipline and restraint. 

Alexandra F. Corning, a research associate professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame states essentially, it’s self degrading talk about your body, food or eating.  The problem with “‘Fat Talk” is it has very little to do with our actual weight but how we perceive ourselves. 

This is a negative format that works against our ability to feel secure and confident.  To constantly belittle ourselves by comparison to others and how we look physically only serves to “feed” the cycle of dissatisfaction, unworthiness and lack of self esteem. 

Everyone of us was made unique.  Some are taller than others, hair, eye, skin coloring are different and facial features vary greatly.  We seem to accept that but when it comes to our weight we tend to think we should all be within the same limits. This is simply not true and thus, the “fat talk” starts.

Culture has taught us to equate “fat” with “bad”. The reality is that every body has fat on it and if it does not, it is broken.   

All conversations whether with yourself or with others starts with a thought. Every action starts with a thought as well. It is easy to understand how our thoughts could play a significant role in our overall health and wellness, self esteem and success.  

We all carry a mental image of ourselves in our mind. This image is built from our beliefs and most of our beliefs have been formed unconsciously from our past experience and media influence.  Our actions, feelings and behaviors then become consistent with this mental self-image. 

When we start a conversation of negativity about how we look physically, it then triggers an emotional response that is generally unhealthy and our behavior follows suit.  This can start a vicious cycle of desperation and low self esteem. 

By changing our thoughts we can literally change our life!  Each day challenge yourself to change every “fat thought” to one of love and acceptance of your body. 

Research shows that this simple step actually conditions people to act and behave in a way that reinforces healthier lifestyle choices and even improves the ability to lose unwanted pounds if they exist.

So as of today, loose the fattitude and join in the quest to stop the “fat talk”. The results will be a healthier and happier YOU!

Be well – get real,
Coach Deb

Dr. Chris Hoelscher

Chris is our science guy.  Chris founded Eastland Chiropractic & Lifestyle Center in 1984 and retired from active practice in 2017.  During his time in practice, he opened several clinics in the midwest and one in Saipan, a US commonwealth in Micronesia. He has always maintained an active interest in biology, chemistry and physics and how they affect our bodies. He knew there had to be a reason why some people could eat almost anything and still not gain weight, while others only had to look at food and their waistline would start to expand. He became interested in how and if genetics play a role in weight management and how foods can affect us all differently.  

He also believes that you have to be able to measure anything you want to manage and that starts with knowing where you’re at.  THe INbody scale we utilize in The Nourish Lifestyle program is what gives us the measurable data needed to chart progress. It’s not just the number on the bathroom scale but what the pounds are made of that’s important. With the Inbody scale we can assess the changes in body composition to make sure we are making progress. 

He is also fondly known as our on-call tech guy, fixing our computers, printers and most anything else that needs a fix at our office.