This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. As such, this week I will begin a multi-week series on why I quit a BeachBody fitness and diet program, as part of the larger story of bodyfoodhealthstuff, and the alternative approach I have taken since leaving the land of restriction and obsession.
I’ve had to stretch out the series into a series in part because I am not the most concise of writers. I have stretched it out to make sure I give enough attention to the many reasons I found that community to be not just a poor fit for me, but to be actively damaging for me and a number of other women. I have stretched it out because it is hard work digging into some of this. I have stretched it out because this culture of internalized shame, moralizing about food and exercise, and fear of our natural bodies is so deeply ingrained that it takes a careful hand to excise it, and I am not so sure my hand is careful enough.
Below are a number of websites and resources I read and share. I will return to this post to add more resources over the coming months.
- Beauty Redefined is “all about rethinking our ideas of ‘beautiful’ and ‘healthy’ that we’ve likely learned from for-profit media that thrives off female insecurity.” Their Facebook page and blog are excellent sources for well-researched articles and discussion.
- Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is the founder of Ottawa’s non-surgical Bariatric Medical Institute – a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre. He advocates sustainable changes to diet and sustainable exercise for long-term weight management. He frequently reviews diet books and fad diets and doesn’t pull punches on the ones that offer little more than recipes for disaster. His blog and Facebook are great.
- Two Facebook pages that take a different angle to sharing fitness articles, especially in regards to the myth that women of size are not healthy women: Fit is a Feminist Issue and Fit and Feminist
- And the one that started it all for me: Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies. From the blog: “Using our blog, parent community, critically acclaimed book, and online shop we create meaningful change by educating people on media literacy and how marketing, sexualization, gender stereotypes, and body image impact childhood.” The Facebook page is an amazing community for discussion and sharing. This is where I got my mantra Colors are for everyone.