• Monique Jephcote


Photo credit: Ryan Kenny Media - https://www.instagram.com/ryankennymedia/

In a world that subliminally tells you to hate your body, I say, at the very least, when we can’t quite love it, respect it. #bodyneutrality

Choose respect for your here & now body. Despite: 

▫️The messages from your Mum that the outfit you have on makes you look a little frumpy

▫️The billboard on the passing bus which promotes the latest weight loss shake

▫️ The people around you still steeped in diet culture & body hate when your trying so hard to shift a lifelong focus

▫️ The messages from diet culture that you don’t deserve to love your body until it’s smaller

▫️The before & after photos where you subconsciously absorb something “wrong” with the body of the before, whilst celebrating the body of the after

▫️The comment from your Dad that you better lose weight if you care about your health 

▫️The message from diet culture that you don’t deserve to love your body until you’ve lost weight

▫️Your parents putting you on your first diet at age 8 & you wondering why

▫️ The kids at school/siblings at home who teased you about your body

▫️The shame you feel when your Dr tells you to lose weight when you came in to receive respectful healthcare advice irrespective of your weight 

▫️The images of women with diet cultures “ideal body shape” plastered all over your social media feed - 24/7 reminders of what you “should be” according to society’s uneducated standards of body weight/shape 

▫️The constant, subliminal gnawing messages from everywhere that your body is wrong 

The collective diet culture based belief that in order to be healthy (& worthy) then we must fit into society’s “ideal body shape” (ie small) is subconsciously drilled into us everywhere we turn. Not only is this widely unhelpful, but the concept of it is biologically incorrect. This is WEIGHT STIGMA.

Some days we do not love our bodies. Some days our bodies feel so uncomfortable to live in. These feelings are SO valid. You CAN choose to respect your body in the absence of “loving” it. ➡️ “In this moment, I am uncomfortable with my body. This is hard. But it just is. I do however, if nothing else is possible, choose RESPECT for my here & now body.”

Respect it for the young girl/boy who didn’t know anything but what their environment told them was wrong with their bodies. For the mature woman/man you are now who has body autonomy & the right to formulate your own beliefs. If for nothing else, then for the children you are bringing into the world.

Choose respect. So we can change the cycle that is unhelpful, uneducated, and moreover, plain old exhausting.

Every BODY deserves dignity & respect. #HAES

To read more on weight stigma head to this link: https://www.theintuitivedietitian.com.au/post/the-war-on-weight-stigma

If any of the above is triggering or particularly difficult for you & you'd like to talk it through with someone, I am ALWAYS here for a chat #always <3<3<3

The Intuitive Dietitian xx

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