By Isabel Foxen Duke

I don’t have to tell you the reasons why women face an uphill battle when it comes to body acceptance in a society that preaches anything but 95% of the time.

It’s not news that our relationships, career goals, and general mental health are all seriously negatively affected by our lack of confidence in our bodies — oh, and our eating habits.

In case, you haven’t heard, “feeling fat” actually triggers emotional eating.

It’s the Catch 22 from Hell.

If you believe me (or have experienced) that “feeling fat” directly causes emotional eating, maybe you’ll also believe that “feeling fat” has a lot more to do with the non-weight-related shit going on in your life than your actual weight.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you want to demystify your “fat feelings” and deal with what’s actually going on:

1. What are you anxious, nervous or afraid of?

2. Where in your life are you feeling self-doubt, other than your weight?

Ever notice that you “feel fat” when you get nervous? My clients tell me they “feel fatter” before a job interview, than they do when they step off a scale.

How about when you’ve been assigned a task you’re not sure you can accomplish? Or before a big date? Feel any “fatter” then?

Demystify and disempower your “fat feelings” by asking yourself the simple questions, if I wasn’t feeling fat right now, what would be making me anxious? Would I be feeling insecure in some other area of my life?

If you answer these questions honestly, you may realize you’re displacing fears in your life that are actually unrelated to your body size.

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