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The Hamster Wheel of a Weight-Focused Life

Updated: May 11, 2023

[Support for Eating Disorder Recovery]


An older woman once said to me, 'I spent my entire life trying to change my body. And for what? I've wasted it."


How many of us are going to feel that way someday?


I think one more is too many.


But, this woman's pain can be a wake-up call. It invites us off the hamster wheel of a weight-focused life and toward healing the fear about how our bodies are. Because, on their deathbed, no person ever said, "I'm so glad I spent all that time worrying about my weight." No one.


Exercise: Apply this Concept to Your Life


This woman's words serve as a reminder that focusing excessively on weight distracts from living life to its fullest potential. If you are stuck in a weight-focused life, here are some things you can do to start breaking free:

  1. Rather than criticizing your body, focus on what you appreciate about it.

  2. Think of food as a way to nourish yourself and fuel your passions, rather than a tool for weight loss.

  3. Dedicate some time each day to an activity that brings you joy and meaning.

  4. Celebrate what your body can do for you, rather than just how it looks.

  5. Cultivate a body-positive feed on social media.

  6. Schedule a consult with a body-positive therapist if you feel you need additional support to shift.


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