Time to change the channel from weight to health
The above-titled article published in the Guelph Mercury this morning adds a little more strength to the idea that our habits determine our health, not the number on the scale. This article also helps shed a little more light on the dark side of the dieting industry and the very detrimental affect that a weight focus can have on our mental health and well being. I am very happy to see articles of this nature popping up more and more often in newspapers and online, but it still does not make it easy to combat very strong messages from the media that we should be a certain size or look a certain way.
If you or someone you know is struggling with body image or with food, there are many options on campus for help and support. Here are just a few:
Health Services - Book a one-on-one appointment with a doctor or with me (the Dietitian!) by calling x52131
The Education & Promotion Centre - Peer Health Educators provide information and resources on a variety of topics.
Counselling Services - Individual sessions with a trained counsellor/therapist. Call x53244
The Student Support Network - Drop in and confidential peer support