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Recommended Reading: Ask Lesley: How Do I Stop Hating My Body?

October 25th, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

Note: we know about the diversity of opinion on the merits or lack thereof of the revitalized, and we’re just going to leave that alone. This is a recommendation for this particular article.

Emily asks: “Do you have any advice for getting from a place of body-loathing to body-loving?”

And Lesley does, because she is awesome:

I DO. I can actually erase those five pounds entirely with one simple suggestion: Get rid of your scale. No scale, no five pounds. PROBLEM SOLVED.

Of course there’s more to it than that, and she expands upon this glib suggestion. And, as she does just about every time she hits publish, Lesley says something about the constant work and struggles that come with fat acceptance that makes me think she lives IN MY HEAD:

Part of me, you understand, still wants to see my weight. It’s the part that liked the obsessive need for control, the part that felt satisfied when I went so long without eating that I began to tremble and drift and blink. That part of me wants to be weighed, to be beaten with the number that will ruin my day and possibly even send me into depression for weeks. It wants me to see that number and get me thinking, “What have I eaten today? I should not eat anything more today. I should not eat anything tomorrow. The following day, perhaps I will eat half a bagel. Then I will go out and buy a scale and weigh myself again.”

Read the whole thing here.

Tags: body politics, recommended reading

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