If you exercise as “punishment” for weighing too much, how can you learn to enjoy being active? If you eat salads only as a way to change the body you hate, how will you enjoy the wonderful tastes of fresh vegetables?
Besides, if hating one’s body effectively motivated change, do you really think there would be many heavy people in the world?
Accepting yourself as you are today doesn’t mean giving up. It means learning to live in the present with the body you have. It means facing and acknowledging reality.
— Linda Bacon, PhD, in Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight.