Here I go again…
In this post, I’m continuing the topic of eating disorders (ED).
It may be an unpopular subject and not very trendy, but I’m still going to talk about it.
Why would a naturopathic and functional medicine doctor who specializes in mood, women’s health, and gastrointestinal issues still be so focused on this?
It is my opinion that ED is not getting enough coverage in integrative medicine. On top of this, its importance is being muted out by diet culture’s fake promises of achieving eternal happiness through weight loss with the latest fad diet.
It’s not just the unfairness of diet and weight loss industry profiting on people’s insecurities and body image issues that bothers me. (It’s estimated to be worth $192.2 billion.)
It is also that people have been put in a trance to believe that health is an ethical standard, smaller body sizes are virtuous, and food has a moral value.
This is dangerous and leading to more disordered eating, weight stigma, food morality, and healthism (viewing health as a measure of one’s worth.)
I want to call attention to this and educate people on these dangerous memes.
In my latest article and video, I discuss the following:
- Is Food a Moral Issue, Health a Value, and Body Size a Virtue?
- The ED Category of “Other”: Muscle Dysmorphia (MD) & Orthorexia Nervosa (ON)
- The Dangers of MD & ON Being Construed as Healthy
- A Summary on the “Other” Eating Disorders
Click here to read this informative post and please help me get the message out by sharing this blog widely.
We deserve to pursue health, or not, for our own reasons. We also are entitled to a healthy relationship to our bodies and food, to live life in a more peaceful and serene manner, and to embrace a truly wholistic way of being.
Do you agree? Share your thoughts below.
If you struggle with mental health or an eating disorder, please reach out for support.
You may also wish to consider implementing holistic resources and partnering with a naturopathic doctor.
For example, I offer mind-body support for general mood issues using a functional medicine and wellness-oriented approach. I also practice a non-diet, HAES approach to nutrition.
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