💠 HI DEARS! AND CONGRATS TO JULIE FOR THIS WONDERFUL SKETCH. THE NEXT ARRIVAL OF A NEW YEAR, MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO CORRECT AND IMPROVE SOME IDEAS AND THOUGHTS.
I’ve witnessed my peers and girls at school scrutinize the fat on their bodies, criticize themselves for not being “disciplined” enough when it comes to their diet and exercise regime, and express guilt for indulging in what they and society deem as “unhealthy” foods.
Diet culture, as defined by a University of San Diego article, is:
“A set of beliefs that values thinness, appearance, and shape above health and wellbeing. Additionally, the concept places importance on restricting calories, normalizes negative self-talk, and labels certain foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad'”
It is alarming how pervasive diet culture is in modern society, how it has become ingrained in our daily rhetoric and thus internalized to dictate our self-perception. Thinness is glorified and synonymous with hard work, regardless of the unhealthy methods used to attain those ideals. Skipping meals, exercising to “burn off calories”, or…
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