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Diet culture is that collective set of social expectations telling us that there's one way to be and one way to look and one way to eat and that we are a better person, or a more worthy person if our bodies are a certain way.
Despite all of the medical and media messaging shouting o...
Access to fruits and vegetables, access to lean proteins, living in walkable neighborhoods is as important as your weight statistics.
Our experts say you have the right to say no to getting weighed at the doctor's office. If your doctor gives you a weight-based recommendation, don't be afr...
Moving your body and eating nutrient-rich food are always a good idea, but it's important to understand how much we're motivated by our culturally accepted aesthetics. Diet culture purports that every fat person is a thin person waiting to be released and that we should fear fatness.
Fatphobia is harmful fiction.
In addition to causing ...
Think about how diet culture makes you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror or when you're scrolling social media.
The second level is interpersonal: How other people treat us. To spot diet culture in this realm, listen for value judgments of food or bodies.
That could look like judgment at the gym, being lauded for avoiding some "guilty pleasure" dessert or that storyline on TV when the hero loses wei...
This level is institutional, and is the ease in which you can or cannot navigate society because of your looks.
Weight discrimination is legal in 49 of 50 states and is commonplace from education to health care to the workplace.
Diet culture creates barriers to access for fat ...
Commenting on another person's body can be a dangerous game — you never know what someone is going through in their life or with their health — so avoid body talk as best you can.
If you want to compliment someone, it's always nice to focus on something that a person has done intentionally....
When we turn off diet culture, food is just food and eating is no longer a soap opera. Intuitive eating is the practice that can get you there.
Our bodies are wired to know how to eat and to know how to respond to our needs.
Intuitive eating is learning to trust our bodies. It's prior...
A positive relationship with your body requires the same amount of work as any other relationship in your life: Take time to listen, pay attention to its needs and provide it with compassion.
Prioritize rest and listen to your body's cues, whether that's 'I'm craving something sweet
Let's say you spend just five minutes a day worrying about food or your body or your weight (and, living in the U.S., that's probably a conservative estimate) – that's 30 full hours a year dedicated to self-hatred. Why not disengage from this habit?
So many people will be freer and have mor...
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