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The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go

The "chubby kid"

From young, many chubby kids get the message early on that they're fat.
The message gets spread through concerned adults when they ask the child to wear something a bit more flattering, while thinner peers are congratulated with looking "just darling."

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The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go

The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go

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The "chubby kid"

From young, many chubby kids get the message early on that they're fat.
The message gets spread through concerned adults when they ask the child to wear something a bit more flattering, while thinner peers are congratulated with looking "just darling."

A transformation

A strict diet and determination can transform the body into a thinner self. However, the mind struggles to follow the transformation. The perfect weight becomes the measurement for success, and any deviation from it feels like failure.

Beauty

Beauty is not restricted to certain types of women at all. You don't need to be thin to find love.

Women should not feel that their bodies are tied to the perfect body of other women.

Weight anxiety

These days, weight anxiety is expressed through the buzzword of "health," so it won't be seen as judging themselves or others.

Although it is possible to accept being not thin, some feel that they will never be cured of self-judgment and remain susceptible to re-infection when they come in contact with a thin person.

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The body positivity movement
The body positivity movement

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History of the body positivity movement

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Different Outcomes
Different Outcomes

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Instagram grabs your attention

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Instagram subculture

Following a genre on Instagram can present a wealth of ideas. The algorithm drives users toward content similar to what they've seen or liked. However, this can lead and encourage users toward extremities. 

For instance, if you are following fitness gurus or sponsored athletes. Then add some photo-editing to alter the body-image you want to project. At the same time, the algorithm continues to feed you with what you like or want until your feed becomes a mosaic of increasingly extreme exercisers.

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People struggle to keep weight off

Researchers have observed weight regain following weight loss across a range of populations and types of weight-loss diets.

Why long-term weight loss is so hard

The brain’s response to caloric restriction tends to be to increase cravings for foods that are highly rewarding and reducing our perception of being full. 

Diets frequently fail because they have an endpoint and are not a real lifestyle change. Maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey. 

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The actual food you eat isn’t the main thing that enables you to keep weight off.

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