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Obesity: It's about more than food

Posted Dec 05 2012 10:18pm
As you know I am working toward my Bachelor's degree in Digital Media Design. The great thing about the classes I'm taking now is that we're beyond the horrible "learn-how-to-use-the-software" stage and we're working on projects that allow much more creativity and freedom. One recent project was to choose a social issue we're interested in and create a public service announcement poster. The resulting design is one I'm pretty proud of and wanted to share with you. Obesity: it's about more than food...

Throughout my battle with obesity, lost 100 pounds and kept it off for five years I have learned that obesity is about so much more than just food. In fact, it has very little to do with food at all. Food is just the vehicle many of us use to deal with the emotions or feelings we want to hide or celebrate. 
Once we understand how to live with all those emotions in a psychologically healthy way, we no longer need to use food as the barrier against those emotions. Emotions are just emotions ... it's OK to have emotions and feel your feelings. No, it's not easy, but it's OK. 

The Obesity Action Coalition is an amazing organization that raises awareness about a variety of obesity related issues. They speak for us in front of Congress and they advocate for us when discrimination is otherwise allowed. They help us understand obesity, how to treat it and how to help friends and family members overcome it. If you're not already a member of OAC, please consider joining and showing your support for this outstanding organization. 

Because this is a graphic design school project, it was not commissioned or endorsed by Obesity Action Coalition. I'm simply sharing it here with my readers because I feel it's an important message to remember as we all fight the battle against obesity.

Be well.


DISCLAIMER: This poster design was created as part of a graphic design class project. The Obesity Action Coalition has not endorsed this poster and this is not an official production of the OAC. However, the Obesity Action Coalition is a real organization that does great work in their fight against obesity discrimination and helps to educate the public about how to fight obesity. Please visit their website to find a local support group if you are struggling with obesity and need the help of other like-minded people.

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