Have you ever compared your body size to others’? Been jealous of a friend or family member for fitting into jeans that are several sizes smaller than yours? Felt lesser-than and ‘unhealthy’ because you don’t look the same as those you see on TV, in magazines and on social media? Me too.  And we would be hard-pressed to find someone who said they couldn’t relate. 

Why is it that from a young age, we are all made well aware of the societal ideal of “thin is good, fat is bad”, “thin is healthy, fat is unhealthy”?  Because of Diet Culture. The pervasive set of beliefs which place more value on thinness and appearance above overall health and well-being. You hear about it and see it everywhere you turn- social media, TV, movies, magazines, family, friends..even healthcare providers. Talk of making our bodies smaller and hating ourselves for how we look and for what we eat is normalized and accepted.  It’s not uncommon for clients to reach out to us after multiple failed diet attempts, feeling guilt and shame for not being able to “stick with it” or lose much weight.  Most of these clients also report regaining the weight they lost on the diet, which adds more frustration and shame.

If you’re curious to learn more about dieting, and if diets actually work, this post is for you. 


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