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Beyond The Bathroom Scale is a Health PSYCHOLOGY Blog, SPECIALISING in REcovering from DISORDERED EAting and Dieting.

We're dedicated to helping busy women like you, feel better about themselves and live a healthier lifestyle completely free of dieting and fads. 

BTBS is strongly influenced by the Health At Every Size movement, lead by registered dietitians, and the Body Positive Community, lead by fiercely strong, beautiful and confident activists.

Our overall aim is to help women heal their relationship with food, exercise and their bodies. At BTBS we:

  • Recognise that you can be healthy at any size and that dieting is a health problem in itself, rather than the answer.
  • Recognize that you do not need to be a certain weight, BMI or dress size in order to improve your overall health. 
  • Recognise that clinical research demonstrates the harmful long-term effects of dieting and weight cycling, both physically and psychologically.
  • Feel that mental well-being and a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image is a vital aspect of overall health. There's no health without mental health.
  • Promote body diversity and acceptance, taking an intuitive approach to eating, finding the joy in movement (rather than using exercise as tool for weight loss) and self-compassion. 
  • Recognise that there are more effective ways to assess a person's health than the scale, and advocate for tracking bio-markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Believe you can't tell how physically or psychologically healthy a person is just by looking at them. 
  • Feel that the medical community and health professionals should be focusing on overall health, mental health and lifestyle factors, rather than the reductionist approach of focusing on weight loss. 
  • Stand against a fitness industry that promotes diet culture and an obsession with body shape, weight, #fitspo, and 'clean eating'.
  • Define 'fitness' as improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and flexibility. Not by a body type. 
  • Believe that diet culture and its obsession with weight loss, is detrimental to mental well-being and encourages a slide into disordered eating and eating disorders.  
  • Recognise that eating disorders can affect absolutely anyone of any size, weight, age, gender, ethnicity, social class and disability.  
  • Promote recovery from disordered eating and eating disorders by signposting to useful resources and qualified health professionals. 
  • Promote recovery from dieting by sharing relevent research and information, as well as collaborating with qualified experts..

About The Founder

KAren Oliver, BA, MA

  Image credit: Mark Hall Photography

Image credit: Mark Hall Photography

Karen is the Founder of Beyond The Bathroom Scale ®, a feminist health psychology blog and the Programme Director of The Health Mindset Programme. She also regularly writes for Huff Post.

Her award-winning blog and coaching programme is based on the Health at Every Size ® approach to health and draws on the principals of Intuitive Eating, the Body Positivity movement, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Positive Psychology and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), in order to help busy women tackle disordered eating, overcome emotional eating and recover from long-term dieting via a holistic, research-led online coaching programme.

A former Social Worker, Karen comes from an academic background of Psychology and Sociology. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology, specialising in health and society and a Masters degree in Social Work. She has trained in Counselling skills and Psychotherapy-based approaches such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Professional Nutrition. 

When she's not working or studying, she can be found either running after a very active toddler, watching Netflix with her husband, painting with a glass of wine in hand, or in the gym, where her passions are weight lifting, swimming and yoga. She is also a carer for her father, who has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and her mother, who struggles with her mental health and suffers with Anorexia Nervosa. 

Karen has successfully reversed hypertension and pre-diabetes and overcame her childhood and teenage eating disorders. She credits a huge change in mindset for being able to do this, which was her inspiration for launching The Health Mindset Programme.

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