But Weight…There’s More!

On our website, Leftovers To Go, we have two categories for blogs. One is Tasty Morsels, which is written by Dr. Deah Schwartz and is about body image, size acceptance, Health at Every Size, and using expressive arts therapies to address eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.  Tasty Morsels is based on Dr. Deah’s personal experiences […]

On our website, Leftovers To Go, we have two categories for blogs. One is Tasty Morsels, which is written by Dr. Deah Schwartz and is about body image, size acceptance, Health at Every Size, and using expressive arts therapies to address eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.  Tasty Morsels is based on Dr. Deah’s personal experiences as a clinician, fat activist, fat person, and promoter of size acceptance, and HAES.

The other category is current events.  Here we post links and brief comments/explanations to articles and other blogger’s posts also on the topics of body image, size acceptance, Health at Every Size, and using expressive arts therapies to address eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

Sometimes there is a bit o cross-over.  That is the case today.  Here is the link to a video on You Tube for a trailer of the movie, Weightless. Phil Varlese shared this video on the Facebook Group page for Big Fat World. (Thanks Phil!)

As a certified Recreation Therapist, I LOVE this. It is such an affirmation of the profession of Recreation Therapy! (Improving the quality of life through recreational activities).  And as a scuba diver I REALLY love this. When I wanted to get certified, I searched high and low for a fat scuba diving instructor  because I didn’t want to feel self-conscious in my wet suit. I found her and became a diver.

Losing my self-consciousness in other areas of my life took more time, but I finally did that as well!

Of course the philosophy of focusing on health and NOT weight (whether it is measured in pounds, kilos, or stones) is generalizable to a person’s entire life and not just “Under the Sea.” But sometimes a person needs a jump start in one arena before they can believe it is possible to live their entire life loving their body and pursuing a healthy and happy lifestyle without self-loathing or punitive dieting.

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