Tag: Diet Culture

Weight stigma is defined as negative thoughts, attitudes, devaluation and social rejection of a person because their body shape or size doesn’t comply with the cultural norms (from diet culture) about what a body “should” look like. Weight stigma also includes: stereotypes about people who live in larger bodies, bullying and teasing, nasty comments, being […]

Our culture (diet culture) makes food and eating so stressful!  Diet culture has strict rules about what you should eat, but those rules are always changing. When you try to follow the rules from diet culture, it’s a guaranteed way to feel more stress, anxiety, guilt and shame around food.  To truly feel at peace […]

I’m not sure there’s a macronutrient with a worse reputation than carbs.  Diet culture has labeled carbs as the root of all evil, the epitome of all illness, the thing that is going to make or break your health.  Heck, even your life! The fear mongering around carbs is out of control! It’s unnecessary, and it couldn’t be […]

Over the weekend, a client emailed me a link to an article about intuitive eating (IE).  It was one of those articles about IE that appears on a diet culture fitness page- where in reality it had very little to do with IE.  The client was emailing it to me saying- “look someone I know […]

I remember when I was 10 years old my 5thgrade English teacher was afraid of Halloween.  She described it as the worst day of the year.  I can vividly remember her saying that after school was over she’d rush home, hang up sheets over her windows and turn out all the lights so that no […]

Several years ago I was at an eating disorder conference where one of the presenters showed a video clip from Oprah about a very young girl (I think 5 -6 years old) who had anorexia nervosa.  They interviewed the mom in the video and she repeatedly stated that she had no idea where the daughter […]

  Sometimes people get really mad when I talk about orthorexia.  Like shouting match loud and mad.  “How can healthy eating be a problem? Next you’re going to say that it’s fine to eat fast food…”    And the truth is- it’s fine to eat fast food.  I’m not saying you should eat it every day […]

Last month I attended the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Conference in Orlando, Florida.  I had a great time learning more about new findings in the treatment of eating disorders and connecting with other clinicians.  During the conference there is also an exhibit hall where treatment centers and businesses related to the care of […]

This blog is written by two interns in the coordinated program at Stephen F. Austin State University.  To become a dietitian you must complete a 1200 hour supervised internship and both interns spent two weeks with me fulfilling hours towards that time.   At the end of their rotation I asked them to write a […]

  If there’s one thing I’m tired of hearing people say it’s “that food has no nutritional value.” {facepalm}   I do get it. You’re saying that food doesn’t offer a lot of nutrition, it doesn’t have a lot of vitamins and minerals, it’s “empty calories.” BUT you don’t eat calories. You don’t eat vitamins and […]

Eating Disorder recovery is a journey. It’s a process that takes time. It’s up and down and certainly not linear. When you’re living it, it feels like it will take forever. Sometimes you have those moments of hope, but then when a behavior creeps in or returns, that hope is quickly overshadowed by the shame […]

Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness.  Per the National Institute on Mental Health, they have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses.   Sadly, the false beliefs about eating disorders are rampant and diet culture makes it more confusing by normalizing eating disorder behaviors. You could even go as far as calling diet culture […]

Have you seen Weight Watchers latest marketing gimmick in the news?  If not, let me update you- weight watchers recently announced that they will offer free membership to teens over the summer. I know on the surface this may appear to be a kind and generous thing that they’re doing to help teens, but please don’t […]

There are two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, morning boys, how’s the water? The two young fish swim on for a while and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, what the heck […]

Did you know that you don’t have to diet? It’s true, you don’t. You don’t have to diet* or restrict your eating.  (And by diet I mean any type of restrictive eating pattern including paleo, keto, clean eating, whole 30, etc.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say I had no […]

My daughter loves Curious George- she had a Curious George birthday party, was George for Halloween and loves the show. As a result I’ve seen every episode + movie multiple, multiple times. Sometimes he’s annoying, but that little monkey has a lot of wisdom to offer too…even when it comes to food, nutrition and diet […]

This is a review that I wrote about Body Kindness for IFEDD, The International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.  I am sharing it here, because I think the book is so fantastic that I want even more people to know about it.  The review is written with dietitians in mind, however the information is relative […]

Over the past few years diet culture has slowly been usurping the word health as a another form of dieting. I know diet culture is sneaky, I know it’s insidious, but come on- does diet culture really have to steal the word health and healthy too? When did the pursuit for heath itself actually become […]

Do you know what diet culture is? Most people don’t, yet we live in it daily! We have become so inundated with diet culture that it just seems normal. However, it’s time to end diet culture- or at least drop out of it- so that we can stop focusing on weight, shape, and size over […]