Exercise classes for large people are designed to help clients feel safe, at easeFrom yoga stretches to military-style workouts, exercise programs aimed strictly at overweight clients are edging their way into the fitness sector.
Louise Green's Body Exchange was an early entry onto the field in 2008 when there was nothing quite like it in Canada and just a few programs scattered throughout the U.S.
By Carolyn Cooke, Surrey Now (newspaper dated May 1, 2012)
As a registered clinical counsellor, Tammy Humeny has found the most important aspect in helping people overcome body image issues, emotional overeating or obesity isn't about the food itself.
"If they can't get past a certain point and they're stuck, there's more to the puzzle than just getting a trainer or a nutritionist," she said. "There's a missing piece there that could be the reason for their stumbling block."
Humeny, who runs her practice from her South Surrey home-based office, helps people to find that missing piece, and it's often rooted in unacknowledged emotional issues.
How are you contributing to your child’s body image? Body image is how a person perceives their appearance, including how they think others see them. It is psychological in nature and dependent on their level of self-esteem. A person’s body image can change depending on their experiences, moods and environment. Their experiences with their parents, the media, and their peers can influence how they feel about their body. Have you thought about what you say to your child and whether it is helpful to their body image?
Are you a spectator sitting on the sidelines of your our own life? As a therapist, I see many people engaged in a deprivation cycle, putting important aspects of their life on hold, until they reach their perfect body weight. Fear of not being good enough often prevents people from moving forward in important areas of their life. This is not surprising, considering we are endlessly bombarded with unrealistic and unattainable images of perfection at every turn. We may internalize these images, feeling inferior and overcompensating in other ways through perfectionism. Since attaining perfection is impossible, people begin locking themselves into unhealthy behavior patterns that create more fear, social isolation and addictive behaviors. Let’s take our power back by embracing who we are, so we can live a more inspired life.