At 18, as a sad, embarrassed, lonely freshman in college, I went to my pediatrician with my mom to see if I could get help for my depression. I explained my misery at college, my abusive relationship with my boyfriend, and my weight gain. Apparently all my doctor heard was “I’m fat” because she told me to go on Weight Watchers because “it’s cheap and easy to use online!” 😳
Thank the good Lord my mom never followed through. Probably because she had done TOPS (early brand of Weight Watchers) and knew it wouldn’t work because it didn’t work for her. Yet I still remember that doctor’s visit. I still remember thinking “I can’t break up with my boyfriend now, I’m too fat to date anyone else.” No one SAID that, but my depressed brain twisted everything up already. Now I had a doctor trying to peddle this product on me telling me my body was too big. Oh, did I mention she told me I was depressed because I was fat? Yeah.
This is a product. This is not helpful or healthful. This is a culture of disordered eating that they are trying to give away to your children.
They might tell you it is free for your teenager now, but it will cost them their lives eventually. Please, love your children enough to say NO ❌
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