Online fat camp.

*awkward mic screech, tapping*


This is kind of last-minute, but the long weekend really threw me off.

For a long time, I’ve been doing individual sessions teaching people how to eat normally after giving up dieting (in addition to writing this blog, of course.) Doing individual sessions means that they are pretty expensive, and it limits the number of people I can help.

Luckily, back in 2008, someone had the brilliant idea of doing the same program I do, but for small groups. They published this paper on it (it works.)

So, at the end of July, I started seeing small groups. I see more people this way, and it’s cheaper for them.

It also works, and has the bonus of being EXTREMELY FUN.

It’s sort of like going to fat camp, except online, and the point is not losing weight.

Mostly, the point is figuring out how to eat well, while at the same time laughing your head off with other fat people.

So this is what I’m doing now, and some new groups are starting for the fall. We’re calling it Eat Without Drama because, well, that’s what it’s about: eating without all the drama.

One group starts TOMORROW NIGHT (Saturday morning, if you’re in Australia or NZ), and the others start on Monday the 12th.

For the sales pitch, the times, the price, and the big buttons to push, go here.

If it’s not for you, no worries. You don’t need to buy my shit! We’re cool.

That’s all. Thank you for your attention.

*mic screech*







14 responses to “Online fat camp.”

  1. Judy, Judy, Judy Avatar

    I finally got to read HAES. I requested it from the library and it came from another library. Now, of course, I’m going to buy it. I should have done that in the first place but I vowed a long time ago not to give the weight loss industry any more money.
    I’d love to join one of your groups but, as you know, I don’t fit one of your criteria. I’m not in charge of all the food in your house.
    Still, as far as we got with our sessions has been very helpful. My new years resolution was not to step on the scale all year. It’s September and I’ve made it so far.
    Keep up the good work. The world needs you.

    1. Michelle Avatar

      You’re definitely not the only person in that situation, Judy! I’ve run into it several times now and it’s amazing how difficult it makes things for people. That’s why children, whose parents are in charge of all the food in the house, often end up sneaking food if they’re being restricted in some way. It’s remarkable.

      And thanks :)

  2. Twistie Avatar

    Sounds like a great program! Best of luck to you and to everyone who participates.

    Also, I freaking adore that photograph.

    That is all.

  3. allison Avatar

    You are fifteen flavours of awesome. Also, I enjoyed the fact that I read the tags as one tag instead of two separate ones, which gave me “eating random shit”. :)

    1. Michelle Avatar


      I am an internet GENIUS

  4. Amanda Avatar

    Some of these people don’t even look remotely fat. Such a psychological thing, dieting!

  5. Sarah Avatar

    Signed up last week! :D But haven’t received any additional information. Should I be concerned?

    1. Michelle Avatar

      Hi Sarah! I sent you an email (yesterday or the day before) to your Yahoo address. Can you check your spam folder? Or let me know if you use a different email address – you can write me at

      1. Michelle Avatar

        I just resent (re-sent) the email to your other address – let me know if you get it!

  6. Susan Avatar

    Oh goodness, I wish you the best of luck in this! That is an amazing service you are offering. I wish I’d seen it in time to join a group. It feels good just knowing there are folks in the world promoting physical *and* mental health in an non-punitive manner!

  7. TheSasquatch Avatar

    I would so love to do this, just can’t afford it :( I hope everyone who signs up has a total blast and moves miles and miles in terms of eating. You rock, Michelle.

    1. Michelle Avatar

      I’m sorry about that. I’m working on having something more affordable in the (hopefully near!) future. And thank you :)

  8. TheSasquatch Avatar

    “That’s why children, whose parents are in charge of all the food in the house, often end up sneaking food if they’re being restricted in some way”

    Oh, and I TOTALLY used to do this as a kid. Not that my parents had me on a diet or anything like that, but they had the usual concerns that I not “spoil my appetite” and such – so I used to stop by the supermarket on my way home from school every day, buy some chocolate and wolf it down quick as I could on my way home so my parents wouldn’t find out…

    1. Michelle Avatar

      Some kids are WAY sensitive to any *hint* of control or restriction around food. So, not a shocking story at all!