Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dr. Drew Pinsky did a show entitled Size Acceptance, then seems to have talked about food addiction and the misery of being fat ...

On 5/9/11 Dr. Drew Pinsky did a show that included the topic of Size Acceptance.  From his introductory comments, I suspect he did not understand the basic concepts of size diversity and health.  Her is his introduction to the show that says he talks about Size Acceptance:  "... we look at the escalating problem of food addiction and the motivations behind it. Is it similar to drug and alcohol abuse? We will talk to a group of overweight and food addicted people. Are they happy as they are? Do they want to lose weight? Are they aware of the health risks" 
If you saw the show, please comment on my blog and tell me how his segment went.  I felt compelled to write a comment on his blog just from reading his introduction with the wild array of assumptions therein.  If you want to add your comment to the doctor's blog, please go here and add your comment at the bottom. 
 
Here is my response to Dr. Drew Pinsky:
I regret that I did not see your show where you discussed size-acceptance. I am commenting based on your introduction to the program.I am curious as to which size-acceptance advocates and HAES clinical practitioners you included in the program. So often people discuss their IMPRESSION of size-acceptance based on ASSUMPTIONS from vague sources.

Often the FACTS about this important health movement (based on the acceptance of size diversity and a need for a focus on Health At Every Size) are overlooked or ignored. Just to make sure the reality of this paradigm are known to you and your audience, I would like to share the Five Basic Principles of Health At Every Size:
1. Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
2. Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include
physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
3. Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
4. Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger,
satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
5. Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather
than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.

As a psychotherapist and fitness professional who works with people on issues of health and weight, I find that almost all people who feel "addicted" to food are actually suffering a reaction to dieting or the intention to go on a diet soon. It is the restrictive eating (or intention to do so) that actually CAUSE binge eating behaviors that are both physiologically and psychologically based and have a great compulsive component.
If people would build a healthy lifestyle and appreciate the body they have NOW, they would not be adding fuel to their next binge and they would not feel so driven to eat. They would be eating when hungry, stopping when satisfied, meeting their emotional needs in a variety of ways, and putting energy into improving their lives (instead of spending decades yo-yo dieting in attempts to changing their waistlines).

THE FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS AND DIETING IS WHAT FUELS THE OBSESSIONS AND CRAVINGS THAT FEEL LIKE AN ADDICTION TO FOOD. BEING BELOW YOUR NATURAL WEIGHT SET POINT RANGE FORCES THE BODY TO CHANGE IN WAYS THAT INCLUDE TREMENDOUS CRAVINGS AND APPETITE CHANGES.

A focus on Health At Every Size helps people find peace with food and comfort in their bodies. Yes, I promote self care and self acceptance!
Kelly Bliss
Professional Member of ASDAH
Association for Size Diversity and Health -http://www.sizediversityandhealth.org
Healthy Lifestyles for All Sizes – http://www.KellyBliss.com

2 comments:

Bryan Buenaphat said...

In my opinion, we're doing the right thing with discouraging obesity, not because we like to ridicule, but because it's hazardous to human health.
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Kelly Bliss said...

Hello Bryan,
Body size is NOT a behavior. Body size is the result of many factors. I promote a focus on the ACTIONS of healthy living while appreciating all bodies. When people accept and care for their bodies, they have better health.

Sedentary lifestyles, poor dietary habits & Excessive stress are hazardous to your health.

We should discourage these things that harm health, not discourage any particular body size from existing.

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