Weight issues are deeply ingrained into our society. So much so that the weight loss industry is worth billions of dollars.
I was working with a patient last week who felt badly about her weight and I wanted to get to the bottom of when her programming started. When I got home, I realised that it starts from birth.
When babies are born, what is one of the first questions we ask? How much did they weigh? Depending on the answer, it’s common to hear: oh, that’s a big baby or wow, she’s so small. From the moment we arrive in this world, we are already hearing judgements about our weight.
As we go to baby wellness checks at the doctor’s office, what is measured? Weight. We are then compared to other babies on a growth chart to see how the weight is progressing. If it’s too high, we’re told to watch the weight and if it’s too low, healthcare providers are concerned.
When my kids were born, I was told that they had up to 2 weeks to get back to their birth weight. If not, my health practitioner would be worried. Babies often lose weight in the first few days after birth, because it takes a bit of time for the mother’s milk to come in. This in turn made me worried and focused on the weight of the baby.
From day 1, we are weighed and based on the number, there is judgement placed upon us. No wonder we all have stories in our nervous systems about weight.
What should we focus on instead? How healthy we are! Are you eating a healthy diet? Do you exercise? How do you feel emotionally and mentally? Are you in pain?
Track your health, not your weight.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.