6 thoughts on “Your Weight is Not the Problem (VIDEO)

  1. Thanks for this video. Thanks for everything you said in this video. I’m a big, big woman trying to lose weight. I have arthritis in my back, I’ve dislocated both my patellas in the past (being active, if you can believe), and every physical effort causes me extreme pain. I do what I can when I can, but a single session of 2 or 3 hours in the kitchen means that the next day, I am largely immobile, suffering muscle spasms, stiff knees and cracking joints. You managed to sympathize with that without expressing pity. You said encouraging things without being patronizing. It means a lot, even to a stranger. So, thanks.

  2. Hi. Love the video, but… movement quality has failed to predict injuries and pain in many cases. For example look FMS research. What matters most is graded exposure to movement. I think, its all about adaptation and finding optimal load to it. Whats you thoughts on it?

    1. I think the two are complimentary, Taavi. Graded exposure is absolutely essential for developing connective tissue integrity and proprioception. However, in an adult body, there is less tolerance for poor quality of movement and the somatic nervous system places a greater emphasis on short-term security—even at the expense of sustainable patterns of movement. While a child (or, really, anyone under about 25) can reasonably rely on graded exposure in a chaotic environment to generate a pain-free pattern of movement, adults—and sedentary adults in particular—do not have that luxury. We must provide a more accessible alternative for them.

      My criteria for movement quality also follow a slightly different set of parameters than conventional physical therapy methodologies, but that’s another conversation entirely.

      What’s your line of work, Taavi?

  3. Wow! Loved seeing this today. I am currently being treated by a physical therapist for a disc issue in my neck, and have been pleasantly surprised of two things: 1., he has not mentioned anything about my weight, and 2., he believed everything about my current and previous physical activities without question (it doesn’t always happen — some people are really skeptical that an overweight person has a regular, vigorous exercise routine). I’m getting better, but it’s slow and frustrating, so I found this page today while looking for some positive perspective. Thank you for that!

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Emily. I’m thrilled you’re getting the help you need. You deserve it!

      If I can ever be of any assistance in accelerating your recovery, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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