Dismantling Diet Culture

Diet Industry booty callIn honor of No Diet Day, I wrote a blog post for the National Eating Disorders Association blog (I’m an Offical NEDA Ambassador!) about recognizing and resisting diet culture:

Diet Culture is dangerous and harms people of all sizes, including by perpetuating eating disorders and making a full recovery almost impossible. But when it comes to identifying Diet Culture in a world that is sadly rife with it, there can be plenty of confusion. If we truly want to prevent eating disorders and create a culture where full recovery is possible, we need to learn to identify Diet Culture and speak out against it. While this list certainly isn’t exhaustive, it covers some of the main tenets of Diet Culture, as well as some options for fighting back.

You can read the rest on the NEDA blog here!

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One thought on “Dismantling Diet Culture

  1. All good points! I’ve spent some time thinking about the phrase ‘cheating on your diet’. Who are you cheating? Yourself? I suppose if you think dieting is morally good, then not-dieting would of course be morally bad, like cheating in a marriage. Except of course, you can’t actually lie to yourself about what you are or are not eating.

    I’ve seen the phrase used by people who talk about eating a food they have an intolerance too. Again, I don’t get it. You know you’ll have a reaction, so how is it cheating? If I choose to eat something I have intolerance to, I know full well what the consequences are and in no way do I think of it as ‘cheating’. I’m not trying to fool myself in any way. I am an adult and I made the choice. Is saying you are cheating meant to somehow minimize what you are doing? Because if you cheat on a spouse, you are doing something without their knowledge. You can’t intentionally eat food without knowing it. You can accidentally eat something hidden in a dish, but that is unintentional and never called ‘cheating’.

    Is it called ‘cheating’ with food because you are doing something ‘wrong’? Cheating in a relationship is wrong because you are lying to someone you are supposed to care about and potentially exposing them to disease. It’s breaking agreements and trust with another person.

    Cheating with food, well, I suppose you could be potentially damaging your health, but you can’t lie to yourself about what you are doing. I guess you consider it morally wrong to hurt yourself, but there’s no lying or trust-breaking.

    The whole concept of ‘cheating’ with food baffles me. I

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