Every now and again I come across an article that particularly resonates with me. This is one of them. This is the reason I do, what I do.
Women between 45-65 have the lowest well-being and highest stress levels of any other age group. We have ageing parents, personal health concerns, divorce, loss of a parent, professional/career demands, supporting dependent children to name but a few. Put all this together with the stigma of a changing body at midlife (the idea that gaining weight and ageing is to be avoided at all costs), and we have the perfect storm for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and eating disorders. Indeed, disordered eating and fear of ageing for hand in hand for many women in this age group.
The stigma around all this prevents many women from reaching out for help. They feel ashamed, embarrassed and often feel like there is something wrong with them. This is the reason why Toss the Scales is important. We need to talk about this and encourage and facilitate more connections with other women forge a new way forward. As women we need to stop apologising for not being perfect. Our self-talk can diminish us or empower us. We are good enough just as we are.
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