Yesterday I had an article I wrote for SHAPE.com published. This is really exciting for me for a couple reasons — partially because writing for a magazine is a longtime dream of mine, but mainly because I’m really proud of the content of this article.
“The Stages of Getting Weight Loss Grief” is based on a blog video I made a couple years ago and it’s basically about how other people react to your weight loss. As something of a professional Before & After, I’ve been through all the stages and it’s something I hear about pretty often from my friends/family members who make healthy changes in their lives. The piece is funny, but for me, it touched on a real issue of feeling self-conscious and even guilty about your new body and all the attention you’re suddenly getting.
I was thrilled to see my post on the SHAPE website, but I was even more excited to read all the comments on their Facebook page. It was a bit sad — if unsurprising — to see how many women related to the article, but it was also really gratifying to feel like I gave them something of a defense that they could send along to unsupportive people; a lighthearted way to say, “Hey, what you’re doing really isn’t OK.”
If you haven’t read the article, I’d love for you to check it out, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on why bodies — especially changed bodies — become fair game for this kind of attention and gossip. It’s clearly something that many people who have made healthy changes in their lives have experienced, but now that I’ve talked about it as a problem, I’m really wondering about the reasons for it.
What say you?