Fitness instructors: Stop saying these phrases

I like exercise. I haven’t always liked it, and I have written about why. I am far from being an athletic person, but going to yoga and barre and running occasionally are fun and contribute to my overall feeling good. I have also observed a noticeable shift from how fitness instructors introduce themselves. Instead of drill sergeant attitude, instructors in the places I go to tell you to listen to your body, don’t overstretch yourself and do what’s good forRead more

Microaggressions and IBD

“Crohn’s? Oh, that’s ok to have, it’s treatable.” “So and so has had kidney problems, you just have a dicky tummy” “You can’t feel that bad, if you are still wearing make-up” “But, you are so young! Isn’t RA only for grannies?” “You got a PhD and you have Crohn’s?” “But you look so good” If you suffer from IBD, these utterances probably sound familiar in one way or another. I will go ahead and call them microaggressions. The termRead more

Positive Thinking- the Health Movement’s form of Blaming the Victim

The first time I was in the United States was in 2004. I was an exchange student who had moved from an urban European mass university to a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. George W. Bush was still president and would win a second term while I was there. At the age of 23, I stayed in a dorm full of freshmen, and did not especially care to be lectured on “no sex before marriage.” After two weeks,Read more