Hi, my name is Naomi Teeter and once upon a time, I weighed 300 pounds.
There hasn’t been an easy way to say this, so I’ve avoided this announcement for two years. Since resuming my college education in 2018, my views on health and weight loss have changed. They’ve changed so much that I continued on to a Masters program in experimental psychology to conduct research with the bariatric weight loss community. I will graduate in June 2021, and I am currently applying to Health Psychology PhD programs.
Inspire Transformation (and the Academy) have taken a backseat to my studies and research the last 3 years. Through my liberal arts education, broadened perspective of what it means to live in a bigger body, and research on shame and stigma, I have discontinued Inspire Transformation Academy.
Knowing what I know now, I experience much shame as I reflect on how my efforts to “help” others with weight loss only contributed to much bigger problems: diet culture, fat phobia, and healthism.
I hope that some day each of us can be treated with dignity, respect, and basic human rights no matter our size, shape, or health.
While health and helping people in bigger bodies is still a passion of mine, I’ve decided to take a different route. My focus is on actual research that can impact public health, medical, and academic institutions that perpetuate the use of shame and disgust in oppressing people in bigger bodies from having the same opportunities as straight-sized individuals.
I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go. But I ask that you respect my decision to stop selling you weight loss as a cure to unhappiness, poor health, and social stigma. It is none of those things. And if you are interested in following me on my Health Psychology PhD journey, please follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inspire_transformation/
All the best,