eating disorders linked to diets

Are eating disorders linked to diets?

Eating disorders and diets are closely linked. In fact, it is safe to say that if you never diet, you are unlikely to ever develop an eating disorder. Dieting is the primary behavioral symptom of most eating disorders, including binge eating disorder, bulimia, and anorexia. The purpose of all diets is to lose weight. Intentional weight loss is based on …

Stop supporting intentional weight loss! Here’s the science to support a non-diet, weight-neutral approach

So much of what parents think they know for sure about food, diet, and weight is just plain wrong. It’s not our fault – it’s just that journalists, healthcare providers, educators, bloggers, and influencers all promote weight control and intentional weight loss (AKA dieting) as if it is good, healthy, and necessary. Despite all the noise about controlling and reducing …

Why Tom Brady’s diet book is dangerous for boys and young men

Tom Brady, famous and talented quarterback for the New England Patriots and winner of five Super Bowls, is an undeniably gifted athlete. Unfortunately, like many gifted people, he is choosing to spread unfounded and dangerous diet claims that can harm our children. Brady released a book called “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance” that …

What parents and educators need to know about diet culture, by Dana Suchow

Diet culture is a system that demonizes and hates fat. Diet culture tells us that even though 95% of diets fail, we should still maintain an endless pursuit of weight loss. Diet culture tells us that we’ll only be healthy if we’re thin, even though we know that thin doesn’t equal health. Diet culture overrides our logic and scientific intelligence, …

What parents need to know about diet culture and eating disorder recovery

Diet culture promotes the idea that weight loss is a meaningful, good and healthy pursuit in life. When we recover from an eating disorder, we must work to eradicate the belief that our health and self-worth are based on our weight. This is hard because diet culture is absolutely everywhere. There are a lot of things we need to do …

Educators: please stop promoting dieting and weight loss to children

Well-meaning educators can cause real harm by promoting dieting and weight loss at school. This includes making statements and putting up posters saying things like “eat less & move more,” and “eat healthy foods.” Such statements are problematic from a scientific, nutrition, health, eating disorder, and social justice standpoint. You may think you’re being helpful, but children as young as …

Foodphobia: why are there so many people restricting entire food groups in the name of health, and what does it have to do with eating disorders?

As the food industry has continued to deliver tastier, cheaper, and more easily available food, the $70 billion diet industry has simultaneously arisen to convince us that eating is something about which we should feel deeply ashamed. Diet trends have come and gone, but never have there been so many Foodphobic, elimination-based diets as there are now. These diet programs, …

diets and weight loss and their relationship to eating disorders

The truth about diets that parents need to know to prevent eating disorders

There is significant science proving that 1) diets typically result in weight gain, 2) diets are bad for our health, and 3) diets lead to eating disorders. However, the $70 billion diet industry spends a tremendous amount of money convincing us otherwise. Dieting is a cultural obsession and is something that doctors regularly prescribe without evidence  that it is safe, …

Weight loss companies are targeting teens, and that's a bad thing

Weight Loss Initiatives for Teens: They’re Hurting, Not Helping by Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RDN

Our teenagers are under attack. This culture already insists that our bodies only have value, are only acceptable, if they are small enough. Teenagers (all of us, really) are inundated by this message from every direction. Sometimes the message unapologetically equates smallness with physical attractiveness (which is enough to get the attention of adolescents trying to survive these difficult years). …