This program is based on a research study I conducted with 21 women and my upcoming book, Dying to Be Smaller; Hungry to Be Bigger. I will share the most compelling stories as case studies.
Each time a person goes on a diet and fails, they feel ashamed and out of control. This shame is compounded by messages from the media, medical professionals, rude passersby, and even friends and family. It’s a vicious cycle that is often downright deadly. Add to that the additional intersectional complexities of sexism and racism experienced by women and people of color, and we come face to face with endemic misery and a far-ranging sense of inferiority that stops people from not only following their hearts’ path but also redirecting all of that weight-loss-related energy toward what’s more effective and worthwhile: Advocacy. Career switches. Compatible, supportive relationships. Radical shift in how we treat ourselves. Spiritual growth.
Why is today’s diet industry pulling in 60 billion dollars every year, while when people go on a diet, only five percent of them succeed and the rest gain weight or stay the same? Here’s why: A heavy, shamed body is a body with an unheard message and a thwarted quest, and until the secrets are unlocked and the wisdom is harvested, that impasse will be unbreachable.
David on "The Roots of Shame"
About your Teacher
David Bedrick, JD, Dipl. PW, is a speaker, counselor, and attorney. He spent eight years on the faculty of the University of Phoenix and is currently on the faculty of the Process Work Institute. He is also the founder of The Santa Fe Institute for Shame Based Studies, which offers a training curriculum for individuals and therapists.
He has also taught for large corporations, including the US Navy, 3M, and Cray Research, as well as psychological associations and small groups. He is author of two books: Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology and Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue and Diversity to Individual and Social Change. His third book is about to be published: Dying to Get Smaller, Hungry to Get Bigger: Women’s Stories of Eating, Body Shame, Dieting, and Redemption. David writes for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and other publications, and counsels people internationally.
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