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The Body Image Wars

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In today's technological universe we have constant access to information and images. We can instantly document ourselves through images and see ourselves in an immediate feedback loop.

For those of us who are not happy with our physical images, it can be a painful reminder that we don't look a desired way and that effects our mood.

Hormones at Any Age

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My hormones being out of whack when I was young should have been my first clue that I'd develop type 2 diabetes later in life. Unfortunately, 40 years ago, the connections between polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance hadn't yet been made.

I had my first period when I was 10 - every overweight fifth grade girl's dream. A few years later my cycle was exceptionally irregular, but no one knew why. Doctors chalked it up to being a teenager. You know, those raging hormones.

Obesity a Slippery Slope

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Recently, after many months of committed effort and losing a significant amount of weight, I "hit the wall."  Those of us who have struggled to leave the ranks of the obese know about "the wall." The wall is when weight loss slows down and we hit the famous "plateau", and our bodies think it is over.  Should I continue to let go of stored fat or hold on tight to my stores of reserve?  I believe the physiological aspects of weight loss need to be better understood in our conversations about obesity.

Empowerment

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I grew up intimidated by authority figures, especially managers and doctors. I rarely questioned anything they said because they were the experts, right?

Then two things happened: I got a female mentor at work and I joined a support organization. I also got older, so I guess that makes three things.

Obesity- Taking Back Ourselves

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As I continue my lifelong struggle as as obese person, I now have the benefit of a retospective view. I have thought so often about the WHY: growing up in the height of the diet culture and developing a chronic sense of body dissatisfaction, a genetic predisposition with a long family history of overweight and Type 2 diabetes. I can list them all.

There are so many myths about body weight and size and so much shame, guilt, frustration and self loathing.

New Year Priorities

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2018 is the year I stop making New Year's resolutions. 

What are resolutions anyway? Basically, you promise to deny yourself something you love or to start doing something you hate. You can stick with it for a short period of time, but then you have a stressful day and all bets are off. Next comes the guilt.

Why put yourself through that?

Conversations about Obesity

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At the last Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women Conference in October 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia, I was a presenter on the subject of eating disorders- my specific topic was compulsive eating and Type 2 diabetes.  I was very happy to add my personal story to the many stories about coping with chronic illnesses. It is a bit exhilarating to speak your story aloud and to hope that your individual pain and recovery touches another person listening.