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 … Continue reading What parents and educators need to know about diet culture, by Dana Suchow
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 … Continue reading What parents need to know about diet culture and eating disorder recovery
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, … Continue reading Educators: please stop promoting dieting and weight loss to children
Are you thinking that your child is getting chubby and needs to go on a diet? Or maybe your child has always been on the high end of the weight chart, and you've been desperately telling them to "eat less/move more" for years. Is your child begging you to support them in following a strict … Continue reading What diets do to children, and what to do instead of putting your child on a diet
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 … Continue reading 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?
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 … Continue reading The truth about diets that parents need to know to prevent eating disorders
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 … Continue reading Weight Loss Initiatives for Teens: They’re Hurting, Not Helping by Katherine Zavodni, MPH, RDN
In a word: No. Whole30 and all diets are extremely unsafe for those of us who have/had an eating disorder. Sure, Whole30 positions itself not as a diet but a "lifestyle program," but make no doubt about it: Whole30 is a restrictive diet. Any program that restricts entire food groups in exchange for "goodness" or … Continue reading Is the Whole30 diet safe for people who have/had eating disorders?
When we have an eating disorder - even if we are in recovery - we are susceptible to every diet message we receive. Diets are designed to do one essential thing: reduce our body weight, and that is what our eating disorders crave, too. We are in an unfortunate time of diet history right now … Continue reading Diets in disguise: a diet dressed up as spirituality is still a diet
If your child has been diagnosed with an eating disorder like Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), then you are likely putting all of your focus and energy into your child's recovery. This takes a tremendous amount of work as a parent, and you deserve respect and accolades … Continue reading Yes, you really do need to stop dieting if your child has an eating disorder