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Health and Wellness at Every Size: Heavy Women and Why We Overeat

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We talked in the introductory article about the ability of women of any size to enjoy physical exercise and improve health through healthy eating and emotional positivity.

No size hate here! Our goal is to encourage women of large sizes to get a better perspective on their health without focusing on weight loss in big numbers or aiming to be tiny.

The fact is that many large women have been that way for decades and some will remain large for life. But large doesn't have to mean fat, unfit and miserable. There are exercises for people of all sizes and eating well should be a goal for everyone.

The first thing a woman who is overeating needs to do is look into why she overeats in the first place. While some medical conditions (and medications) can and do cause weight gain, the vast majority of heavy women are this way because of an unhealthy relationship with food, as well as a lack of exercise.

We all know that overeating makes us fat. That’s the easy part. The tough part is asking ourselves -- why do we overeat?

Why are we seeking comfort through excessive eating? Are we trying to hide our femininity by losing our shape? Is there something psychological going on?

Are we actually addicted to food, in the physical sense - obsessing over sugars, carbs, salts and fat and incessantly wondering what our next meal will be?

Why don’t we enjoy food for its taste, nutritional and preventative properties instead of using food to fill an emotional void when there are healthier ways to do that?

These are some really hard questions that require a lot of courage to answer. But if we can get to the root of WHY we eat so much, we can remove that cause and become healthier, happier human beings.

Therapy, either group or individual, can really help. Overeaters Anonymous is a judge-free zone of like-minded people sharing stories than really hit home. Learn from these groups and seek help and support from them.

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The last thing you probably feel like doing is exercising, but starting your day with a 45-minute brisk walk is key. Doing exercise selective exercises in morning will help to keep the metabolism in track. If you are not daring to start this right now, consulting a nutritionist or dieting consultant will be good.

May 8, 2014 - 3:14am
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