PART ONE: Self-confidence is necessary, but tying it to weight may not be healthy

By Monique Richard MS, RDN, LDN

Recently I have noticed a recurring theme come to light during some educational presentations as well as in the media of tying one’s self-confidence to their weight. When one becomes confident in their  weight only, it may be due to feeling they need to defend their body size due to perceived images, outside criticism, or discomfort within their own body. Additionally, they may pride themselves on their size or image due to the media or celebrity focus, or there may be an obsession with the number on the scale due to a certain irrational or distorted belief.

Self-confidence in your weight or size can be dangerous in a number of ways; it can lead to:

  • disordered eating patterns
  • an eating disorder
  • bullying others to project negative feelings
  • judgment of others’ physical image or health status.

We all understand weight can fluctuate, even on a daily and hourly basis, but confidence should not waver based on a fluid number affected by physiological or psychological changes.

Self-confidence is important and we should have it for so many reasons, but weight should not be one of them.

PART Two of this blog will discuss examples of healthy self-confidence.

Monique Richard is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and licensed dietitian nutritionist (LDN) with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition completed through the coordinated program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in dietetics and minor in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. READ HER FULL BIO HERE.

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