Body Peace – Groundbreaking Course – Get 25% OFF

Many years ago I met Sarah Harry, one of Australia’s leading specialists in Body Image and Disordered Eating. In my years of work in the plus-size Industry I have honestly never met anyone more authentic or effective at walking the walk when it comes to positive body image and how we feel about ourselves.  I have valued the opportunities I’ve had to work with, refer to and receive guidance from Sarah over the years.  I’ve especially enjoyed my Fat Yoga Classes and was so thrilled to see how Sarah managed to spread the word and influence women around the world to practise yoga.

Now Sarah has found yet another unique way to influence, add value to, and guide us to body acceptance and peace.  Today marks the launch of her “Body Peace – Find Comfort and Ease in Your Body” which is a ground-breaking 8 week course which offers both yoga and therapy to bring you ease and comfort in your body, working across all mediums (video, workbooks, online support) to revolutionise the way you think about your body.

Sarah believes you can’t heal the relationship with your body without doing some work to feel more comfortable in your body (your one and only home), so she has added the yoga component to help you find an embodied sense of peace in your body.  The course is the first of its’ kind to blend psychology with yoga to help you heal and blends a healthy sense of humour and fun from Sarah with the latest research and her 15 years of clinical practice working with people with body image issues.

I highly recommend this course and am pleased to pass on a special offer from Sarah to receive 25% OFF for the next 48 hours!

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Body Peace 7 Day Challenge! from Body Peace on Vimeo.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Australia – Plus-size Customer Survey 2016

It’s that time again – I’d really appreciate your voice by completing this important survey which I run annually to compile data and stats which helps me add value to the plus-size offerings here in Australia. The survey is 55 questions long, and you will likely need a cuppa and at least 20 minutes to complete it, but PLEASE do take the time to have your say. PLEASE also share far and wide, the more responses the more significant the data.

Create your own user feedback survey

THANK YOU.

Love your shape!

Janine x

Go Sleeveless…

This time of the year I get so frustrated and often feel quite concerned for the health of many plus-size women.  In the Australian climate it depends on your location as to how our temperatures affect us. For me here in Melbourne, summers are usually a few days of extreme heat followed by cooler days before the next heat wave. This year in particular our summer has been very changeable with extreme humidity and then intense dry air, a real roller coaster of weather.  A few weeks ago during a particularly hot and humid day I was sitting at a local café enjoying some time with my son Zac. As we sat and chatted I watched a plus-size woman in a lovely dress collapse into a seat at the café, sweat dripping off her face.  Her dress was lovely, clearly sleeveless as she had paired it with a long-sleeved cotton crop cardigan.  Her back was wet with sweat too.  She ordered a cold drink, and sat mopping her brow and pulling at her crop readjusting it and pulling it off her sweaty back.  It was 36 degrees! I sat wondering how on earth she was still standing with so many layers on.  If only she had felt comfortable enough to have just her lovely dress, baring her arms.  Now I know this is my assumption, and I know she (like me, although sleeveless on this particular day) would still be sweating, but there is no doubt in my mind that she would have been a lot cooler than she was with that extra layer on.

I’m a big girl, a size 20-22 generally and I have BIG arms. I also have very white skin – (which I know for some is also a cause for concern and cover-up) and learnt a long time ago to ignore the pressure of tanning and maintain my white skin for the sake of my health, so for me wearing anything showing my lily white skin showing doesn’t bother me at all.

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When it comes to my arms, I know the feeling of anxiety that comes from baring arms… I have wide shoulders, large upper arms, VERY white skin and freckles.  I know that society doesn’t generally see that as attractive. I don’t care! I’m 44 years old and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I will bare my arms!  I will not torture myself wearing shrugs or cardigans trying to cover up my arms (yes I have done this in the past!). I will be comfortable.

This summer, and many before I have watched curvy women everywhere torturing themselves with heavy shrugs, cardigans or long sleeved shirts trying to cover their arms, but sweating and overheating themselves at the same time.  This not only looks painful, it is quite seriously causing you harm. STOP!  Let’s face it, even when you wear a garment to cover your arms, your arms are still your arms, if they’re big, they’re still big!  Why are we telling ourselves we have to hide and be uncomfortable?

I understand that body confidence is not something that comes easily, but isn’t it time to just get over it and move on?! I know when I made the decision years ago to just stop caring about my arms, I did, I stopped worrying, and I started wearing what I wanted and more importantly what suited the weather of the day.

SOMETHING happened though when I stopped covering my arms – I felt cooler, more comfortable. Full stop. 

Yep, that’s good right?! 

Perhaps you expected that I was body shamed by others? Stopped by strangers in the street and scolded for daring to bare my arms?

Nope. Never.

If I reflect back on all the times I’ve been tempted to cover my arms, and have, only to be most uncomfortable, hotter than ever and really wishing I’d just stayed at home – sometimes in the past I’ve even chosen to not participate in something because I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable and feel too hot. I decided a long time ago it was time to stop that approach and just get over it and enjoy every second, because life’s just too short and my arms are my arms.

So you will see me out and about with my arms out, and moving on with life. You will also see me with some great options for covering my arms – BUT – this will only be if it suits the outfit – AND – the weather – NOT because I am covering my arms out of shame or fear.JanineArmsBali

You know, just looking back over the past few years, I would have missed out on so much had I enforced wearing something over my arms. Our family holiday to Northern Bali in 2014 for example, it was 34 degrees with 70%+ humidity every day.  And then there was our trip to Cambodia last September, rainy season, horribly humid and there I was again arms out.

I enjoyed every day without my arms covered – my white large legs and arms on show for the world to see, no make-up (it just melts off your face anyways!), and no hair styling – just ME – enjoying life with my family. Just how it should be.

I know body confidence doesn’t come easily, it’s something you can’t buy but it’s something no-one can take away from you. I feel so much happier just making the MOST of who I am today, and everyday – at every size that my body is throughout my life.

Embrace life, embrace your body and live.

Love your shape!

Janine x

The myths of plus-size fashion dispelled…

Not a day goes by that I don’t see or hear a comment or post about what plus-size women “Should” wear.  It never ceases to amaze me how we get so caught up in the opinions of others and hold ourselves back from trying something that might actually work for us, if only we could see how we might make it work for us.  Way back in 2012 I worked on this project where I blew apart the all time top 12 myths applied to plus-size figures.  The styles may have changed a little in 4 years, but the tips still apply.

Bust a myth today and…

Love your shape!  Janine x

The myths of plus-size fashion dispelled…

How should I dress my body shape? Where do I go to buy clothes? How do I know what to wear? No, I can’t wear stripes! Oh no, not floral prints! No way, I’m not wearing a form fitting dress!

These are some of the questions and statements posed to me every day in my work as a stylist on my mission to empower the curvy women of Australia. With the change of season comes an opportunity to revamp your wardrobe and turn over a new leaf. It’s my philosophy that dressing a curvy figure is an art, not a science as some believe. Let’s face it, time and time again I prove that the standard, generic formulas given to us by the image and fashion industry don’t take into consideration the MOST important part of dressing a woman’s figure – how she FEELS when she’s dressed.

Take me, I’m 40, I’m a Australian dress-size 20.  I’m not tall, but I’m not short and I’m a curvy woman and LOVE to look and feel great.  I am NOT a model, I am an everyday woman off the street, a mum, a wife. These photos are untouched, I don’t believe in retouching – full stop. I advocate realistic & identifiable representation of garments on a body they were made for.

There is no doubt that Blush Photography are fantastic photographers (all images below by Blush Photography), and that with the help of beautiful lighting and lovely makeup I look more glamorous, but this is ME, everyday me, untouched.

What do you see when you view these photos? Can you identify with the body and how the clothes might look on you?

I see a woman with confidence, style, great body image AND a woman who feels great in the skin she’s in!

Let’s bust some of the myths I hear every day….

Myth No. 1 – There’s nowhere to shop in Australia for plus-size clothing

As you will discover with this style piece, there are so many options in Australia. I am passionate about not only plus-size garments that are made for our curves, but also positive customer service with passion and I’m proud to support Australian businesses. The labels referenced in this article are a small selection of what is on offer, but a great representation.

There is no doubt that the Australian Plus-size Industry requires some maturing. It is no secret that presently overseas suppliers often provide more choice or sometimes better quality. I work every day with passionate Australian business owners and designers who are striving to meet your needs and are doing so passionately and diligently.

My challenge to you is to SUPPORT AUSTRALIAN businesses, the more we support and show them we are serious about how we look and the money we spend, the more likely they are to move forward and rise to the challenge of meeting our needs more fully.

Myth No. 2 – Never Wear Horizontal Stripes – It makes you look bigger
Myth No. 3 – Don’t wear too much black
Myth No. 4 – Heels – they’re uncomfortable and you’ll walk like a duck

Horizontal stripes look fantastic if styled appropriately. In this case worn with a black base, it adds zest to the outfit, the bling embellishment on the singlet is awesome as is teaming it with a killer pair of red suede boots WITH a heel! These boots are THE most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever worn, in fact I’ve been wearing them with everything – seriously these are a MUST have for anyone who has given up heels… you feel like you’re walking on air pockets AND they look incredible. Heels also add height and thus elongate the body, and feel so feminine. Basic blacks in the form of well fitted tailored pants (with a boot leg to balance out my shape) and a gorgeous fitted cardigan that accents the waist.

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Stockists:
Cardigan, Dress Pants, Embellished Singlet, Bracelet City Chic
Ring Volupture
Red Boots Ziera Shoes

Myth No. 5 – No Floral Prints!

Being large busted and “older”, my waist is becoming harder and harder to define, but when I saw this gorgeous dress, I knew it was for me. Not only does it accentuate all the GREAT parts of my figure, it cleverly covers the ones I don’t want to draw attention to (my upper arms and tummy). This classic wrap looks and feels fantastic, and worn with my favourite wide calf boots and a shapewear slip dress to mould my curves, I am ready to go in minutes. The ruching over the tummy and the cross-over tie front, along with the ¾ arms and collar are all flattering. I LOVE the loud floral print, but does it knock you over or scream “big woman” because it’s floral? – no, the art is all in the accessories and attitude……….. don’t you think?

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Stockists:
Evette Dress – Styled By Marie
Jessica Boots – Pergoni Boots
Shapewear Dress – my own
(Note: These two brands are no longer trading)

Myth No. 6 – Corporate Wear can only be black suits for plus-size women

Having worked in corporate offices for 15 years of my career, I understand the pressures and challenge to look good and present professionally. It does appear on the surface that Australian plus-size manufacturers only offer the basic black (and if you’re lucky navy blue) suiting, and at best it’s in some pretty scary fabrics and don’t get me started on sizing.

For me, colour is the new black in the office. I’m not afraid to stand out from the rest with my bold colours. If you build from a black foundation it’s easy to inject pattern or colour to change the look altogether. My preference for winter is my comfortable and stylish wide-calf boots, but if you’re a shoe girl, team with a great pair of tights or stockings from We Love Colors – incredible choice in plus-size realistic sizings. It’s ok to wear all black, but I always ensure I add great accessories to add value to the outfit and keep it punchy.

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Stockists:
Orange Photo:
Skirt – TS14+
Tank – Autograph
Jacket – Big In Black
Jessica wide-calf boot – Pergoni Boots (no longer trading)
Belt – Coussinet
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Green photo:
Skirt, Vest & long sleeve T – TS14+
Louvre Wide-calf boot – Bennetts Boots (no longer trading)

Myth No.7 – Plus-size women should hide under tents and never wear belts
Myth No.8 – Never mix patterns in the same outfit

Belts, belts and more belts, that’s my motto! It is getting easier and easier to source great plus-size belts in varying lengths and styles. A belt is your best friend – it can make or break an outfit and take sizes off your figure.

Experiment with a belt for your shape, sometimes it’s better to hang it loosely as in the image on the left, if the belt was cinched at my waist it would accentuate my hips & tummy, but draped loosely it adds an interesting texture to my outfit and flatters my trouble spots and MORE importantly it feels fantastic!

In winter, layering basic T’s or tanks is a great way to keep warm and add texture and tone to your outfit. In the image on the right a pair of skinny leg jeans tucked into my “to die for” boots and belted at the waist with a flattering soft cardy is just perfect. Again the belt adds definition to the figure whilst the cardy flatters softly over the “no” spots and promotes the “yes” spots!

Mixing patterns, textures and colours is an integral part of building a great outfit. In this case a subtle zebra print in the leather of my boot is played down with the tones of these garments, and introduced to stripes in the jersey cardigan – I love the feel of the clash of these patterns which are minimised with the blending of the tones.

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Stockists:

Dress Photo:
Dress – virtu
Belt – my own
Boots – Bennetts Boots (no longer trading)

 
 
 
 
  
 
Jeans Photo:
Belt, Jeans, Layering Tanks, Jersey Striped Cardigan – Autograph
Zebra Print Boots – Boots For Broads

Myth No. 9: You should always dress your age

It’s so important to go with how you’re feeling, some days I feel like I’m ready to go back to my teens and paint my nails black, put on my industrial shoes and project a bit of attitude whilst rocking out to my favourite Soundgarden tune… on day’s like that I pull on my trusted military boots and style away with black, black and black. This sensational dress from Australian designers 17 Sundays is just so versatile, it looks amazing here in a rock theme with coloured leggings and military style boots, but looks equally fantastic with my Ascension clothing slip dress with red lace detail (from another designer, not pictured) and funky black wedges for a great summer day (not pictured). Clothing that is versatile is a MUST for your wardrobe, go with your mood on the day and be creative.

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Stockists:
Dress & leggings – 17 Sundays
Boots – Ziera Shoes

Myth No. 10: Avoid oversized garments – they make you look bigger

Some days it’s just a must to have loose fitting but stylish and flattering garments to wear. The trick is to choose colours, textures and styles to suit you. I absolutely adore this outfit, it’s comfortable and as easy to wear as my tracksuit, yet looks a million dollars! It’s flattering to my figure and each piece is so versatile, wear it all together and it’s fabulous! For those “I just don’t know what to wear” or “I just can’t be bothered trying” days, this is MY ideal outfit. Every woman needs one of those in her wardrobe!

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Stockists:
Pants, Frilled T, Cardigan – virtu
Shoes & Accessories – My Own

Myth No. 11: Maxi Dresses Hide Your Shape

My most favourite items in my winter wardrobe are two maxi dresses – these would have to be THE most versatile garments and take me from day to night in the blink of an eye!

Shout it from the rooftops – this is MY favourite dress, designed by the very talented Australian duo Hope&Harvest, this gorgeous grey maxi is just PERFECT with a lot of chunky jewellery and teemed with my Zebra print boots – comfortable, flattering and guaranteed to create a stir every time I wear it. What more could a girl want!  Dress it up or dress it down, it’s all THAT.

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Stockist:
Grey Dress – Hope & Harvest
Zebra Print Boots – Boots For Broads

I am a real vest girl (the 2nd most perfect accessory to “make” a waist – more on that another time), so my staple Igigi Claire De Lune maxi wrap dress is a great choice for those days when I need to go from casual/dressy day wear to a more dressy/evening – during the day add the vest and chunky jewellery, a great pair of boots and off you go… then transform it for the evening with a sexy pair of killer heels and a beautiful slip dress with coloured detail………. Stunning, versatile and so simple.

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Stockists:
Evening styled:
Black Igigi Claire De Lune Dress – Volupture
Slip Dress with Lace Detail – Ascension Clothing
DressCasual1Shoes – My Own
 
 
 
  
Casually Styled:
Jewellery – My own
Black Igigi Claire De Lune Dress 
Denim Vest – Autograph
Boots – Pergoni Boots
Shoes – My Own

Myth No. 12 – You have to spend big $’s to look great

Want to look great on a budget? Would you believe this outfit cost $65 (excluding shoes & hat). Who says curvy women can’t look great on a budget!

I live in my jeans, dress them up, dress them down… the key again is in the correct style for YOU. For me, to balance out my figure I love boot leg jeans. I wear jeans autumn/winter/spring/summer. Based in Melbourne we are used to 4 seasons in one day and the key to dressing for Melbourne weather is layers! These gorgeous boot leg jeans (a steal for $19 a pair at KMART!!) are great wearing and fit my curves beautifully. Teamed with a long-sleeved pink/red T, and chunky knit I was ready to go. Oh and if you’re having a bad hair day, or you’re like me and the foggy cool weather makes your hair frizz, team your outfit with your favourite hat & scarf– a winner every time!

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Stockists:
Jeans, Long Sleeve T & Chunky Knit – KMart
Boots – Ziera Shoes
Hat & Scarf – My Own

When purchasing jeans, it’s important to have a selection in your wardrobe. Short boots or heels look great in boot leg, but when wanting to tuck your jeans into your boots, it’s essential that you select “skinny” leg jeans – no unsightly bulges at the ankle from stuffing too much material into your boots.

P.S. Remember those incredibly comfortable heeled boots I was raving about earlier, here they are again!

SNUGGLE TIP for AUTUMN/WINTER: Natural Fabrics

In winter I want to be warm but not restricted, I personally am not a fan of 2 piece PJs, so for me this gorgeous and comfy heavy cotton nightie is perfect for the cooler weather, grab your teddy and snuggle up – colour adds life!

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Available from Jacaranda Lane.

So there you have it, 12 Myths busted – and so simply.

Want to know more?… let me help you… Book your own personal style session with me, email me janine@janinemison.com.au or phone 0405-319-691

(This review was done in 2012)

BMI = Bloody Meaningless Information

When the people and tools that could make a difference, actually have the opposite effect!

Last Friday was a public holiday here in Melbourne, and as I’d just returned to Melbourne after a fabulous holiday in Thailand and Cambodia with my family, I was keen to nip into my GP for a prescription. Alas the clinic was closed, so on Saturday I booked the carefully selected time of 2pm for an appointment as I knew I could duck in and out for the simple request….

About 4 years ago I developed insomnia.  To give you some back-story to my plight, back in May 2011 I decided to quit smoking.  I successfully did this by retreating to a lovely cottage for a week until the “grumps” were over and I could assimilate back into normal society 😉 A couple of days after quitting, I noticed that I was feeling different – but not in the positive way I had been expecting. Flash forward to mid June and my beautiful dad passed away suddenly. The shock of this event, and the enduring months that followed no doubt added to my health issues. Until then, apart from smoking, and obviously being overweight, my health had been pretty normal.  Now obviously with such a tragic event in my life, it would be normal to think that I would suffer from some emotional and potentially physical reactions. That’s what I kept telling myself when my body was so exhausted it could barely get out of bed in the morning, when I couldn’t sleep at night and when panic attacks and irritable bowel like symptoms began to present. This went on for a few weeks until it was impossible to ignore the warning signs. Something was seriously wrong. As we all do as women, we focus on our families, our work and just getting on with it, but this was becoming impossible.

I started googling (yep I know, not recommended, but still, I needed some answers). I presented to my then GP who offered Stillnox as a solution. WTF? No way, so I decided to try for a 2nd opinion. The next one I visited suggested that “If you only lose some weight you won’t feel so tired”. I was gobsmacked, and needless to say I left the office without a stillnox prescription and with no answers.

In the interests of keeping the story succinct, I finally, after visits to more than 5 mainstream doctors, I gave my friend Andrea Hepner a call. Andrea is a naturopath and runs a clinic called Empowered Health. I was unable to attend her office as I could barely move at this point, so she kindly offered me a Skype consultation and she went through a thorough line of questioning and testing that NEVER involved weight.  Andrea started me on the path of diagnosis and help, and I will be forever grateful to her for her incredible attitude and approach to health. It turns out I have a metabolic disorder. It seems this disorder is often dormant (as it’s genetic) until triggered by a stressful life event and it’s now clear to me now that I know what the problem is, that in the preceeding years I had been experiencing minor symptoms that were in hindsight the indicator that something bigger was coming!  I had adrenal fatigue bordering on adrenal failure, chronic insomnia, my iron level was so low that it was a miracle I was still standing and my bowel was so sick from the adrenal fatigue that it took months to improve.  In fact, it turns out that my smoking had actually covered-up the extreme symptoms, that with the stress and then quitting, in one hit came on with vengeance. With the help of Andrea, and thereafter an Intergrative GP who specialises in this condition, I have clawed my way back from this chronic illness into a healthy state.  I’m so grateful to my husband, my family and friends and of course the professionals who helped me during this difficult time, their support was unwavering. It’s incredibly scary to think that had I not been a “strong” person I would have been taking the advice of “professionals” offering incorrect medications and incorrect diagnosis of my condition.

I’m happy to say that this condition is completely manageable and I now take daily supplements to maintain the happy healthy place my body is now at.  Interestingly, my 12 year old son was diagnosed with the same condition just over a year ago, I was so relieved that he presented with the symptoms well and truly AFTER I had gone through the tough process of diagnosing it. When he developed it, I recognised the signs immediately and already had the help in place. He’s doing great!

So, back to that appointment I had last weekend. As I mentioned I see an Integrative GP who specialises in my condition, but for the everyday things, I have a local clinic that our family frequents. When my insomnia is bad, I sometimes have to take a sleeping tablet to “train” my sleep pattern back.  So I’m waiting for my turn, the GP calls my name and off we go into her office. She asks why I’m there today? I state that I’d like a repeat of my sleeping tablet prescription. She hesitates – which I understand, these drugs can be abused and used incorrectly, so knowing this, but knowing that I have a legitimate use for them, I’m happy to jump through the hoops to justify this.  However, the line of questioning then proceeds down the path of, do I feel suicidal? Am I depressed? Am I working on my weight? ummmm hang on, what????????????  She then launched into “diagnosing me” with sleep apnoea.  I don’t have sleep apnoea. My symptoms aren’t even close to sleep apnoea. I know this because I’ve googled the symptoms AND because I’ve already been down the diagnosis route before with a doctor to confirm this!!!!!!! She then decides that she needs to refer me to a sleep clinic for sleep apnoea. I said I was happy to see a sleep specialist if she thought that would help. She then tells me that she needs a few “facts” first. Yep here it comes…

What’s my weight? I tell her. What’s my height? I tell her. Then I hold my breath as I wait for the inevitable, I know what’s coming next. Yep you guessed it – “AAAGGGHHH”, she says after a moment of calculating… “Your BMI is Enormous!” (yep she said “enormous”), “I need to take your blood pressure”.

Are you serious? Take my blood pressure now…. I didn’t need to look at the result to know that it was going to be – high – very high!

She then asks if I’ve ever had an issue with blood pressure? “No”, I say honestly. “Right”, she says – clearly doubting my answer.

My blood pressure was at this point 133 over 90.  She then announces that I have hypertension and if I don’t “lose weight immediately you will be in serious trouble”.

Wow.

So at this point my heart is pounding in my ears, I’m trying to remain calm, ignore the bullshit, and focus on getting that prescription – with the knowledge that my Integrative GP – who I trust implicitly has NEVER worried about my weight during the whole 4 years I’ve been consulting her for the other condition.  The focus has been on wellbeing and health, never about my BMI.

The GP’s voice comes back into my awareness as she’s droning on about weight and what I can do to work on this. I consider losing my cool and having a complete rant at her. But then I realised – obviously – nothing I say to her is going to make any difference at all. It was clear that the moment she laid eyes on me she had decided what her course of action was going to be.

I stated “I do not wish to discuss my weight with you”.

She was shocked.

She was speechless.

She said “well, someone needs to help you”.

Did this woman seriously spend 4-6 years in University to earn a PhD? What are we teaching our doctors? How is it that I knew more than she did? and more importantly – do they teach these medical professionals that empowering your patient is their best chance at success? (no need to answer that – doh!).

She then huffed and puffed, made a big performance about printing out the prescription, handed it to me and said “Is there anything else? to which I replied, “no thank you, have a lovely weekend” and walked out.

255712-bmi-measurementI can’t stop wondering how if I had been a woman with a distorted body  image, would I have coped with this barrage of rubbish? What would I have done?  The damage that this attitude is doing to the population is overwhelming. It’s wrong. It’s actually creating a larger problem.

The fact that a qualified GP is still in this day and age using the BMI (body mass indicator) to calculate a patients’ health is gobsmacking.

For the record my BMI is 40 – based on the online BMI calculator I need to lose between 47-66 kgs to be a “normal” body weight. That is over half my body weight – wow, just wow!.  The current BMI formula (which is literally dividing your height by your weight) leads to confusion and misinformation.  In fact Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute wrote a letter to The Economist that “the BMI formula is flawed and is only a rough guide to helping people judge whether they have a healthy weight”.  It goes on to say that when the BMI calculator was developed there were no computers, calculators or electronic devices, so they opted for a very simple system.  Trefethen does wonder, though, why institutions on both sides of The Atlantic continue using the same flawed formula?  Good question?! You can read more here…  In fact, the flaws just keep coming, especially if you compare a “Couch Potato” to “an Athlete” with the same height and approx. weight, yet one does an incredible amount of exercise and the other doesn’t – their BMI is practically the same!  RIDICULOUS!

In my case, and based on my personal story above:

There is NO evidence that BMI induces Insomnia. FULL STOP.

There is NO evidence that “Stillnox” is going to cure my Metabolic Disorder, nor insomnia. FULL STOP

There is NO evidence that being rude, condescending and offering INCORRECT advice to a human who is obese, overweight or otherwise is going to help the “Obesity Crisis/Obesity Paranoia” that is so incredibly misunderstood.

I don’t dispute, nor deny or ignore that obesity has an impact on health, that is a fact.

I am obese. That’s a fact.

BUT, I am so much more than that, and so is my health.

On Saturday I posted about my visit on Facebook, within minutes I had ladies commenting on their own experiences with health professionals. Appalling is the word for it, so many stories (and for the record I have about 10 others of my own experiences I could have chosen to tell here).

One lady spoke of her 4 year old daughter deemed “Obese” at a Maternal Child Health Nurse check-up, another had a pain in her hip, her GP did a “poke around” the general area and then announced that if she lost weight it wouldn’t hurt anymore!!!???!!! – her Personal Trainer (!) diagnosed a muscle strain from exercise. Yep. That. And then there was the comment by a highly regarded dietician and Body Positive Ambassador who had a client come in this week after a visit to her GP for a rash, and left with a lecture on her weight and highly inappropriate diet advice – oh lordy, it just goes on and on. Oh and how about the women who commented on being shamed for their weight when presenting for their annual pap smears – wow, just wow.

As a survivor of cervical cancer it makes me shudder to think that a Dr’s attitude to obesity could prevent a woman having a potentially life-saving check-up simply by shaming her about her weight.

THIS APPROACH AND ATTITUDE NEEDS TO CHANGE NOW.

There ARE great GPs and specialists out there. There are organisations and professionals who are working hard to educate the general population of GPs and specialists, and working in our Universitites to change the education and “speak”.  Namely the gorgeous Sarah and Fiona at Body Positive Australia to name just one such organisation.

It’s time to change this. I want to create a list of BODY POSITIVE – Wellbeing focussed GPs and Specialists. I know that some have done this in the past, and I’d love to hear from anyone that would like to collaborate on this project. I will be setting up a page on my website to list these Drs, so that NO ONE has to be subjected to such pathetic and negative health care in the future.

It’s MY body,

It’s MY choice

and it’s MY right to have positive health care with an accurate and educative approach.

Stay tuned for the details of how to submit your recommendations of body positive health professionals, and feel free to share your stories below.

Love your shape!

Janine x

**Thanks to Becca for coining the term “Bloody Meaningless Information” -she kindly allowed me to adopt the term – says it perfectly don’t you think?!

PS – For those that consider the above to be promoting obesity – you are WRONG. This is about healthcare delivered in a body positive and empowering manner – not to mention potentially life-saving. It’s what we ALL deserve.

Active wear Survey 2015 – have your say…

HAVE YOUR SAY – Plus-size Active wear options in Australia:
To add value to the work I am doing within the Australian plus-size Industry, it’s crucial that I have facts & data to back up my “voice” on all things curvy. This is for YOU, you are the customer, you know what you want and need. YOUR voice needs to be heard, so by taking the time to complete this survey, you can be assured that your opinions will be expressed and put forward. The information provided by you will not be sold or released me, Janine Mison, to any 3rd party and will be reported anonymously. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
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As an added bonus, each pacticipant will go into the draw to win a pair of SONSEE Woman Anti-chaffing shorts valued at $49.95! Simply complete the survey and your email address will be automatically entered into the random draw. The winner will be announced on Sunday 18th October.
Thank you for your valued contribution.
Love your shape!
Janine x