‘Oh wow, you look amazing. You’ve lost weight,’ said one of the mums at kinder pickup.
It was an unexpected compliment because after years of body hatred I now put my efforts into self-acceptance and sustaining healthy eating and exercise habits rather than battling to make myself less than I am.
But even though weight loss wasn’t my goal, it did feel like a compliment. In our culture, it is one of — if not the — highest forms of praise. We’ve been conditioned to believe that weight loss is synonymous with success, control over one’s life, improved health and of course, enhanced beauty.
Weight loss is celebrated in every aspect of our culture, from ‘polite’ dinner party conversation, to reality TV shows, magazine covers, corporate challenges and government ‘health’ messages.