How Women’s Studies Research Inspired Me to Become a Weight Loss Coach

Chicago weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour sat down with Karen Rhodes and Jonathan Freeburg at WCMY AM Radio to discuss why she strives to share positive messaging about women’s health, wellness, and weight loss in the media.

WCMY Radio Interview

When I was an undergrad at the University of Michigan, I studied communication with an emphasis in women’s studies and psychology. While analyzing how women’s health was depicted in the media, I came across a great deal of negative messaging about body image and weight.

While this was not surprising, when I really dug into the data and uncovered how powerful this messaging was, it inspired me to want to create more empowering messages for women about health and wellness.

It was during this time that I also began having my own struggles with weight and body image. But dieting worked against me. It wasn’t until I learned to accept myself that I was able to overcome emotional eating, drop the excess pounds that were weighing me down, and improve my overall health and fitness.

Much of the messaging we see about weight loss in the media is based on body shaming, restriction, deprivation, and negativity. As a weight loss coach, I work with the clients in my weight loss programs for women to help them embrace their bodies as they are and boost their self-confidence right now. The aim is to help them love and respect themselves enough to make healthier choices and feel empowered to reach their goals.

I also strive to share positive messaging about health, wellness, and weight loss in the media. I recently sat down with Karen Rhodes and Jonathan Freeburg at WCMY AM Radio to discuss…

  • how to end emotional eating
  • the importance of positive self-talk
  • the #1 mistake people make when they “go on a diet”
  • and more…

You can listen to the interview here.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but it is never okay to beat yourself up because you are not the size you want to be. Rather than put yourself down for eating a cookie, for example, I want you to lift yourself up for doing what’s best for your health.


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