Did Macy’s miss the memo that Mom jeans are IN?! It sounds like they also missed the memo that targeting women with yet another explicit message that they must take up less space is DEADLY. Like actually deadly. S/O to @alieward for this.👊🏽Every message that tells us we must be smaller in order to be loved, happy, healthy or normal is HURTING us. One person dies every HOUR from an eating disorder. In a large study of 14-and 15-year-olds, dieting was the most important predictor of developing an eating disorder. Those who dieted moderately were 5X more likely to develop an eating disorder, and those who practiced extreme restriction were 18X more likely to develop an ED than those who did not diet. Dieting is associated with increased rates of binge eating in boys and girls.
✖️If you want to be a voice that helps people break free from the prison of objectifying, dangerous “thinner is better no matter what” messaging: Don’t compliment on thinness or weight loss. Don’t post your before and afters on the internet. Don’t sell weight loss diets, shakes & teas to your friends on the internet. Don’t rally friends to join you on your latest restrictive diet. Don’t talk badly about your own body’s shape or size, or anyone else’s.
✖️DO compliment people on everything else (talents, kindness, etc) to remind them they are more than their body no matter how they look. DO help remind the world our famous mantra, “Your body is an instrument, not an ornament!” DO show up in the world as you are, even when it’s so scary. Swim, play, sing, write, walk, dance, show up. Eat intuitively so you can learn to listen to and trust your body (Google “Intuitive Eating”). DO seek professional help from clinicians and therapists if you suffer from disordered eating or heavy body image burdens.
✖️Our Instagram and FB pages, blog, podcast/media interviews, speaking events, and online course are great resources to share and to start to change your own thinking so you can be an advocate for the vulnerable (which is most of us).
✖️YOU ARE MORE THAN A BODY. We need you out here no matter what you think you look like. Show up. We will too. #morethanabody #seemorebemore