In the 1970s the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman.
By the 1990s she weighed 23% less. The gap between ideal and real women continues to widen.
And in that gap:
- Over 90% of women want to change something about their body
- About 43 million women in the US alone are dieting at any one time
- 26 million women are dieting to maintain weight
- The average dieter spends six months a year restricting their food, and the other six months regaining the weight
- 80% of teenage girls have been on at least one diet – most were not overweight to begin with
- Liposuction is one of the most common of any types of surgery
- We are eating about 125 pounds / 62 kgs of sugar each, per year, most of it already in foods we buy
- Girls as young as five years old are being admitted to hospital suffering from eating disorders
- 8 million people in the US alone suffer from a diagnosable eating disorder, though not all are diagnosed
- About 9000 people are hospitalised annually with anorexia, and 1000 of them will die. Only 44% will recover, the rest will live with the disease for the remainder of their lives. Most say the disease started with a diet.
- Eating disorders are a global problem, occuring even in countries where people die of involuntary starvation.
And meanwhile we ignore the results of research which tells us that:
- About 25-40% of our size is likely to be genetic, related to several genes.
- Most of the life-threatening diseases of obesity can be managed with simple exercise, and without changing weight
- The causes of obesity are much more complex than ‘eat less and move more’ and the combination of factors is different for every single person
- It’s normal, healthy, and natural for women to gain weight during menopause, as the body changes the way it produces estrogen
- We still don’t know what causes obesity, nor what actually works to reduce it
- Restricting food is likely to lead to emotional issues like depression and psychosis, and diagnosable eating disorders
- Prejudice against fat people is rife, and increasing, and much of it is done by fat people to themselves
- Even people who are not fat are highly critical of their bodies
But what you can know for sure is that:
- hating someone never motivated that person to want to change anything
- hating yourself only damages your self esteem and your self worth
- hating your body makes you vulnerable to abuse by others, disease, and self-abuse
It’s time to do something different. Is our culture likely to stop wanting us all to be ever thinner? Not very likely.
But what you can do in the face of all those scary numbers is:
- decide to learn who you are
- decide to honour and nurture your body, no matter what anyone else thinks of it
- learn the truth about what is healthy and what is not, from people who are not trying to sell you a pill or program you’ll have to keep buying for the rest of your life
- find support to stay committed to your own health and wellbeing
And that’s what The Body Image Revolution is about.
Available now exclusively on Amazon, you can feel compassion and love for your own body. These caring wise women will show you how:
International speaker and bestselling author of Changing Habits, Changing Lives
Not your typical nutritionist – in fact you might say she’s a revolutionary – Cyndi disagrees with low-fat, low-calorie diets, believes chocolate can be good for you and thinks eating yummy food is an important part of a well-balanced diet. Cyndi must be doing something right because she maintains a healthy weight and has never (in her whole life!) taken an antibiotic, pain-killer or any other form of medication.
Body Image Coach and author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life Sarah Maria is a body-image expert who helps people love their bodies no matter how they look. She shows people how to discover the beauty that is already inside of them, right now, in this moment. Once they connect with this beauty, they will discover that anything is possible – that they can create a body and a life that they truly love. Her mission is to create a world where every person sees the beauty in themselves and in others.
Co-Author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby, and You’re Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self An award-winning author and an internationally recognized expert on body image, leadership, and media literacy, Claire is a sought-after speaker and consultant who works with educators, organizations, and companies that want to reach girls and women with empowering messages. She has developed national media campaigns, acclaimed outreach programs and pioneering online communities.
Meera Patricia Kerr
Yogini, author of Big Yoga
A musician, Meera Patricia Kerr became a yogini by accident (if there is any such thing) in the late 1970s. Since then she has adapted Integral’s Hatha Yoga into her own Big Yoga system: Big, not just in terms of large, but expansive, inclusive, integrating all aspects of yoga, including chanting, asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, jnana, raja, kriya and karma yoga. Her message is: you don’t’ have to be thin to enjoy the benefits of yoga!
Journalist and Author, The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
Wendy Shanker’s humorous, hopeful memoir about women and body image, The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life, changed the way women around the world relate to their weight and bodies. It has been published in ten languages including Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Polish (but not French – because French women don’t get fat). Wendy’s byline has appeared in Glamour, Self, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Us Weekly (Fashion Police), alternative mags like Bust and Bitch, and on MTV. Her new book, Are You My Guru?: How Medicine, Meditation & Madonna Saved My Life, will be published by NAL/Penguin in September 2010.
Author and Illustrator of More to Love
Elizabeth Patch’s story is simple and touching: a high school art teacher who struggled with her own eating disorders, she watched in vain as a favorite student died from anorexia. The sketches and journals she kept evolved into her illustrated book, “More to Love”, an adorably upbeat and inspiring look at the difficult issues of body image, size acceptance, and self-esteem.
Author of The Wild Genie
Healing from her own menstrual issues helped Alexandra Pope access the well of deep feminine power that is often denied in western culture.For the last twenty–five years she has pioneered a ground–breaking approach to women’s physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing based on the cycle and the journey from menarche to menopause. She is concerned with evolution of consciousness and the role women play in this evolution, initiating women into our own ways, models and language of being and acting as well as to articulate a fresh understanding of the nature and power of the feminine.
The FlyLady, author of Body Clutter
Well known for her online work in helping millions of women around the world deal with CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) in the home, Marla turns her attention to the often overwhelming feelings and information about weight, body image, and taking care of ourselves. She focuses on recognising and changing the thoughts and habits that caused the body clutter, and particularly combating the perfectionism of diet thinking, in a gentle but direct way.
The Belly Queen, author of The Woman’s Belly Book
With a style ranging from comedian to philosopher to rabble-rouser, Lisa a seasoned workshop leader, speaker, musician, and poet. Certified as a Kripalu yoga instructor in 1979, she learned over the years how cultures around the world have valued the body’s center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body’s center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women’s power in family and society, and the degree of a culture’s reverence for Sacred Feminine.
Author of Picture Perfect
Jill has been featured as a body image expert on radio and television. She has lectured around the USA on girls’ and women’s issues, and has taught classes at The University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, National Lewis University, Northwestern University, and The Atlanta Girls’ School. Jill’s published articles on women and body image have been reprinted in numerous college and high school textbooks, plus numerous magazines and periodicals.
Founder, New Moon Girl Media and author of How to Say it to Girls: Communicating with Your Growing Daughter
Motivated by her passion for girls’ creativity, power and knowledge, and her desire to give girls a way to express themselves to the world, Nancy and her twin eleven year old daughters founded New Moon Girls, the groundbreaking international online community and magazine for girls ages 8 and up. She also speaks, blogs and makes media appearances on girls’ issues, parenting girls , and media. Pioneered at New Moon Girl Media (and now adopted by many youth organizations) truly collaborative work by girls and adults is an innovative counterbalance to societal pressures which lead many tween and teen girls to abandon their dreams and silence their voices.
Dr Melissa McCreery
Author of the Emotional Eating Toolbox™ 28 Day Self-guided Program, Emotional Eating and Overwhelm Expert and Coach
Melissa is the founder of TooMuchOnHerPlate.com where she helps high-achieving, busy women get to the root cause of their emotional eating, overeating, and stress so that they can create more effectiveness and joy in their health and their lives. Melissa is known as the “Smart Woman’s Expert” and her clients learn how to get off the diet rollercoaster and stop yoyo dieting; they learn to create a new peace with eating and with food; and they learn how to take charge of their weight and create lives that are more rewarding and in balance.
Author of EFT 101, Body Bliss 101, host of The Body Image Revolution, Holistic Counsellor and Body Image Transformation Coach
Having spent most of her life feeling she was the ugly duckling, Sandy has first hand experience of the body image blues! She finally faced and conquered those demons and now helps other women learn the truth about how the diet industry sets us up to fail, and how to deal with our emotions and beliefs about our bodies in the most powerful way. She is an expert in helping women process their emotions, and will work live on the line with a few women to help them shift feelings and beliefs about their bodies.
One final thought: “If I am not myself, then who am I?
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
And if not now, when?” ~Hillel
Will you open your mind and hear the exciting messages from these powerful speakers, now?