Category: Diet Culture
Thin privilege, related to weight bias, stems from the unrealistic ‘ideal’ of a thin body type for everyone, or for a preferred thin body type. It supports the idea that those with a thin body type have more advantages than those who do not. These advantages can be represented in scenarios such as easily finding your size while shopping at trendy stores, being offered … Read More What is Thin Privilege?
Diet culture is defined as “a system that values weight, shape and size over health and wellbeing”. 1 It can be very difficult to spot and is very misleading. The culture of dieting is led by an industry that claims to encompass “wellness and health”.2 This industry provides the means for society to internalize the thin ideal and practise behaviours that are likely to stem … Read More Diet Culture in Disguise
Following the holiday season, there comes the time of year where people tend to reflect on all the experiences and milestones that they have accomplished and begin to assess what they can change. January 1st becomes the marked date where resolutions are made in hopes to change a habit, better yourself or make new commitments to name a few. Many see it as an opportunity … Read More New Year’s Resolutions: Helping or Hindering Recovery?
We can put so much energy into trying to attain a certain weight, through dieting,over-exercising, excessive meal prepping, over-hydration, etc. But what if our body has a built-in mechanism that naturally keeps our weight within a certain range? Wouldn’t all that energy be better spent a different way? In today’s blog post we are going to look more closely at this phenomenon known as … Read More What is Set Point Weight Theory?
When you hear the word diet, what do you think of? Does the word remind you of various strategies to lose weight? Although Oxford dictionary has multiple definitions of the term, diet is initially defined as the types of food that one eats1. Unfortunately, the word “diet” has become tainted due to the weight loss industry and diet culture in general. Considering the amount … Read More The Problem with Dieting
Emotional eating is a common phrase used in society, but what exactly does it mean? Emotional eating is the act to overeat in response to negative emotions1. Many articles online provide tips on how to stop emotional eating, as some may a feel loss of control during moments of heightened emotion. Doing a quick search online, we found that most articles have written about … Read More The Misconceptions of Emotional Eating
What is one message that we’ve heard from our government, health care professionals, school teachers and the media? “Eat well and exercise to be healthy”. Here on the blog, we’ve taken a lot of time to discuss our misperceptions about healthy eating, as well as the influence diet culture has on our relationship with food and with our bodies. What we haven’t talked about … Read More How To Stop Overexercising
PSLs are back at Starbucks, everyone has started school, and Hallowe’en decorations are already on display at department stores. Autumn is coming quickly! And the change in seasons also brings with it a change in wardrobe – fall fashions are filling the stores at the shopping centres. For some people, this is a really exciting time! But what if clothing shopping – anytime of … Read More Shopping When You Aren’t Yet In Love With Your Body
When it comes to eating, everyone seems to have a different idea as to what is best for your health. There are so many rules around eating that have been perpetuated by diet culture that many of them have become engrained in our thinking. When thinking of something to eat, there is often an inner dialogue in our heads of things we should or … Read More Diet Rules That Might be Ruling Your Life
A quick Google search will yield millions of hits in just seconds on body positivity, with mixed messages. It has become an ever broadening movement founded on the belief that everyone should just love their bodies, no matter what the size. This movement is not exclusive to the internet – its’ roots reach back into the late ’60s when certain body types were marginalized … Read More Body Positivity or Body Acceptance?
Body checking is a behaviour where one is consistently evaluating their body, checking certain characteristics they deem unacceptable. Oftentimes, body checking occurs when one is preoccupied with the amount of fat on their body. This may look like weighing yourself multiple times a day, pinching areas of skin looking for fat, comparing your body to someone else’s or studying yourself in the mirror frequently1. This … Read More Body Checking
Imagine this: you are at a friend’s house watching a movie and your friend offers you some chips. You immediately decline her offer thinking chips are bad and if you have any at all you will be a failure. As you see your friend enjoying the chips, you begin to think maybe one won’t hurt. After you’ve had a handful of chips you feel … Read More All or None Thinking