The messages we hear in our culture very much attribute health problems to weight gain. Conversations about chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease are very weight-focused, with weight loss often being the only “lifestyle recommendation” given by healthcare providers to those looking to avoid medications. But weight loss recommendations don’t always translate to improved … More The Truth About Weight and Health
A few weeks ago, I participated in a focus group of healthcare professionals for the purpose of designing an awareness campaign for eating disorders. The dialogue got me thinking about the forces underlying food and body obsessions, and what drives them. While the causes of disordered eating are diverse, complex, and multifaceted, one of the … More Ladies, Let’s Stop Talking About Dieting
I no longer believe that the word “healthy” is appropriate to use in the context of individual foods. Here’s why: Health Can’t Be Watered Down to Vegetables Working in the healthcare field, health and wellness are constantly topics of discussion, as are nutrition and fitness. Every day, I hear talk about “good” and “bad,” “healthy” … More Are Vegetables Really Healthy?
A few years ago, I ran a half marathon, and during the race I remember seeing a shirt on a fellow runner that said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” with a picture of a pair of running shoes and a reference to Philippians 4:13. At the time, I thought it … More The Problem with “Christian” Diet Books & Blogs
When I was in my junior year of college, I was paralyzed by indecision: to go to medical school, or not to go to medical school. In some ways, it was a really good season of my life. I was finally free of my obsessive food-related thoughts, and had the brain space available to live … More “Christ did not send me to _____________”