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I could go on, but these lines make me sick so I'll stop ;) Diet Culture. What is it? It's what we are currently living in. We are constantly bombarded with images and messages coming from EVERYWHERE that we need to lose weight and diet. And this time, I'm not only talking about social media.
Yes, social media is a huge culprit. The fitness and health community is HUGE on social media. I'm even part of it. But I pray that the messages I send are HEALTHY and not OBSESSIVE and TOXIC.
Because that's what diet culture can be - OBSESSIVE and TOXIC.
You know, people make A LOT of money scamming you into diets and fitness trends. They make you believe... they CONVINCE you that your body isn't good enough so therefore you NEED their product to be GOOD ENOUGH. Doesn't that make you sick? That makes me sick.
They make you feel like you are PART of something - that you NEED to be part of that something to be accepted and to be good. That's wrong. You don't have to follow anything to be good enough.
"People are attached to their rules and their outcomes, their programs and their restrictions, their weight loss at all costs – and often at high cost to their mental, emotional, and physical health, not to mention their wallets." (http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/stopping-us-ditch-diet-culture/)
You are enough. You have the CHOICE to eat and live how you want. Many of these fads make you feel guilty when you "fall off the wagon" and then that's how disordered eating habits begin...
Most eating disorders start off as innocent ways to lose weight. But when you find those "answers" on how to lose weight, you become so caught up in them that they take over your life.
But it's not just the media, it's often how we have grown up... our parents, education, etc.
Since I was young, I remember my mom always wanting to lose weight or the "I eat too much of this" or "I can't eat this because..." From BIRTH we are in the diet mentality. I don't blame my mom, I mean the media and her peers probably influenced her comments.
Now let's talk about school. I know the education system has changed since I've been in school, but I was NEVER taught about a balanced diet. I was shown the Canadian Food Guide - which is complete bogus in my opinion. It does not take into consideration age, weight, height, activity level, etc. It's a GENERALIZATION that says "eat this" and "less of this." Once again, labeling things as good and bad. Nonsense.
It all stems from somewhere. We are persuaded and convinced by something or someone that we need to lose weight, diet and be smaller. Because if we do that, life will be better. Well I can attest that no matter what my weight is, I am still the same person. If you think that a diet will fix your problems, I hate to break it do you, but you're wrong.
All I want you to know is that you can be healthy, happy and strong without being obsessed and let diets take over your life because THERE IS MORE TO LIFE.