The Full Belly is a collection of resources, exercises, experiments, new ideas, links, and whatever else I can create or find all designed to help you stop struggling with your weight, shape, and food choices, learn to accept your body, just as it is today, and begin moving bravely towards your biggest values and dreams. Many — but not all — of these exercises are in the spirit of either Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or Health At Every Size (HAES). You can find out more about ACT by visiting this website. This website has information about HAES.
The Full Belly is curated by me, Margit. I’m a psychologist and faculty at an academic medical center on the East Coast. However: I’m not your psychologist, and nothing on this blog is a substitute for medical or psychological care. Furthermore, I have no evidence whatsoever that anything on this blog will be helpful to you, or even that nothing on this blog will be actively harmful or hurtful to you. In other words, I’m just some random soul on the internet, and you shouldn’t believe a word I say or try some idea I suggest because someone gave me a Ph.D. and a job somewhere. Comments are disabled on this blog because I can’t promise to answer them or be helpful even if I do answer them.
There are lots of places to look for competent medical and psychological help if you need it, and if it were me I’d start by asking my PCP. But if you have absolutely no place to begin, here are some sites that list names of therapists and medical professionals. I don’t know them and I don’t know you, so no idea if anyone here will be helpful to you. Buyer beware. Still, if you need a place to start:
- If you need a therapist and like the ACT approach, you can try to locate an ACT therapist here.
- If you think you might have an eating disorder, you can try to locate a professional who can help you here.
- If you’d like help finding a medical or mental health professional who takes a HAES approach, you can look here.