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Insanity of Weight Loss Contests

Someone I know, a civilian who works for the Navy (and is an emotional eater), just starting an office sponsored “Biggest Loser” contest.

The first Weigh-In was this past Monday at 12:30pm. Right before the Weigh-In she went out and had a huge meal…pepperoni pizza, bread pudding, as much ice tea as she could drink. Her goal was to weigh as much as she possible could at the Weigh-In…thereby increasing the chances that she would ultimately show a bigger weight loss at the end of the contest. (She laughed as she told me this and she gave me permission to write about this in this blog.)

She says her reason for participating in this weight loss contest is to lose weight. If her goal is to lose weight, anybody else see the insanity of eating more in prep for a weight loss competition? Does anyone know anyone who has particated in a weight loss competition and kept the weight off?

Why do we keep buying into this craziness even when we know it is a set up for more feelings of failure?


Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in emotional and binge eating issues. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”,

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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