There' s a movement afoot called "fat acceptance". Actually, the idea has been around for a long while, and it spikes in popularity from time to time.
Basically, as the name implies, it means for people to accept being fat, and stop trying to forever fight it. First of all, so many efforts to lose weight fail, and many people gain back the weight they lose anyway. Then, of course, there is the billion-dollar diet industry, which profits especially from dieting failure. It keeps people coming back for more advice, more weight-loss plans, more weight-loss products, etc.
Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist known for writing a landmark book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, has written a new book called Bodies. In this book Ms Orbach addresses the issue of body hatred, and how we all are at the mercy of weight-loss marketing. She takes on the factions that affect us - magazines, commercials, cosmetic surgery, the air-brushed unattainable looks of celebrities we see everywhere - and how all of it keeps women, in particular, anxious and unhappy about their bodies.
At Maria' s Last Diet, we are not anti-diet, nor are we fat accepting. Our main objective is to help a woman escape from a life of eating that might be making her miserable.
Our experience is that in many, many cases, an overweight woman has become that way because she has important, personal life issues that she tries to control or manage with food. And since eating doesn' t really do a good job of resolving difficult personal issues, it is often life enhancing to learn how to do it another way - and lose uncomfortable fat in the process.
Like Susie Orbach in her first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue, we are asking: What is your fat doing for you? What relief is it providing you?
Susie Orbach put it this way: "Above all, the fat woman wants to hide." So, what kinds of things are you hiding from? And, if you knew how to come out of hiding, would you feel a lot better?