Obesity Education and Support

by Roxanne Sadovsky | Apr 11, 2010
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Summary:

In order to "combat" obesity, we need to understand that obesity is only a symptom of a deeper starvation for human connection and self acceptance. One way of doing that is by offering healing teams—groups and pairs offering support, education, therapy, discussion, and safe outlets— to those struggling with obesity and its accompanying feelings of hopelessness, isolation, anger, discouragement, despair, etc. by encouraging them to share their stories and benefit from those of others. As a psychotherapist and intuitive writing therapist, I would like to start the process by offering my services and similar alternative healing practices into the mainstream. My hope is to collectively invite others to examine and experience why we cannot combat any mental/emotional health issue, especially obesity, with intellect alone; we must utilize our bodies, emotions, stories, and minds in tandem. By sharing/writing stories and waking up to our bodies and their myriad stories, we begin to fill the hunger we are truly craving.

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Obesity Education and Support

Describe your idea

In order to "combat" obesity, we need to understand that obesity is only a symptom of a deeper starvation for human connection and self acceptance. One way of doing that is by offering healing teams—groups and pairs offering support, education, therapy, discussion, and safe outlets— to those struggling with obesity and its accompanying feelings of hopelessness, isolation, anger, discouragement, despair, etc. by encouraging them to share their stories and benefit from those of others. As a psychotherapist and intuitive writing therapist, I would like to start the process by offering my services and similar alternative healing practices into the mainstream. My hope is to collectively invite others to examine and experience why we cannot combat any mental/emotional health issue, especially obesity, with intellect alone; we must utilize our bodies, emotions, stories, and minds in tandem. By sharing/writing stories and waking up to our bodies and their myriad stories, we begin to fill the hunger we are truly craving.

How do you define your "community"?

Those we know we can count on and who can count on us. Those who remind us that we do not have to do this alone—"this" being for the happy times and challenging times and whatever falls in between.

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

Every day I see unhappy people obese or otherwise, shut down, and eating themselves to death because they think they have no choice about getting better. They do not know that they are hungering for something else, the basic need for authentic human connection (to true self and others) that they are not getting and perhaps have never experienced. As a result, they feel shame, embarrassment, starvation, and often avoid help because they believe it is their fault, they are lazy, etc. They are defined and frozen by the terms "obese" or "fat" and allow such terms to define who they are without question. As a result, they are discouraged. They believe they are not included or invited or capable of partaking in the joys of life only available to their thinner, most will powered counterpart. Often they isolate and self soothe with food, which is the opposite of what they need to do in order to fill the deeper hunger.

Why should your idea be selected?

Because it will help. Not entirely and not overnight, but it will help. It encourages a paradigm shift more than a quick fix mentality by promoting a proactive approach to healing self and others. Healing this issue will take time, compassion and understanding. Second, it is not mainstream awareness. We are often told we can think ourselves well, diet ourselves happy. We are seldom told and educated about why this is an integrative practice. Lastly, this belief/idea is not mine alone. It was gifted to me by generations of healers and writers including Jacob Moreno, John and Brigid Mosher, Thomas Lewis, Eckhart Tolle, Carey Tennis, The Evergreen State College, Antioch University, Brave New Workshop, my therapist, my first yoga teacher, my current yoga teacher at One Yoga, my students, my son, several thousand written words of wisdom, and life itself. It helped me, it helped others; it continues to help others. It is my duty in life to give back what I have been gifted in hopes that it will help others and more others and more others and so on.

Martina Yusay said: To stop from eating fatty foods you must stop eating too much and go for a diet. - Sandra Dyche about this Competition Entry. - 2123 days ago read more >

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