It’s official, diet culture has taken over medicine, media, nutrition, and fitness.
Its deceitful messages have etched their way into healthcare and have perpetuated body size stigma, weight bias, and substandard medical care.
As concerning, many nutritional and medical experts and fitness gurus are promoting orthorexic and disordered eating practices in the name of health. I believe this form of diet culture is contributing to a rise in one of the most dangerous mental health disorders, second only to opioid addiction.
For this reason, it is imperative to get to the root cause of what may be fueling our societal acceptance of disordered eating patterns, dietary obsession, and eating disorders. We must understand diet culture in order to empower ourselves against it.
In my latest post and video, I aim to help you understand the difference between nourishing your body with nutrients and being stuck in a downward spiral chasing after the perfect food combinations or movement practice.
I cover the topic of diet culture. I discuss why we need to pay attention to it and the importance of understanding eating disorders.
- When being healthy crosses the fitness line
- The four harms of diet culture and disordered eating
- Diet culture dangers
- Health care vs. diet culture
- Promoting health for all sizes
It’s not easy to step away from food and weight-loss obsession and the belief that a perfect body will solve all your problems with all of society promoting both, but the more we awaken to the lies and don’t give in, the stronger we will be.
I believe everyone deserves to feel the freedom of making peace with food and have their body respected, by themselves and others. I realize this is not an easy task in today’s entrenched diet culture. Still, it is possible.
What do you think?
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In upcoming articles, I will highlight more topics related to disordered eating and eating disorders.
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