Why Do We Need Diet Culture?

It’s January and that means everywhere you look there is a new bloody diet. I honestly can’t even look around without a diet being everywhere, I log onto my computer and there are diets flying around people seem to think that with a new year means we have to start a new diet, and let’s be honest a lot of the diets that are flying around aren’t necessarily the greatest way to lose weight. I’ve been there, tried them all and let’s be honest nothing works.

I’ve been at both ends of the dieting spectrum, I’ve been a binge eater and I’ve also starved myself. I’ve never spoken about the point where I starved myself when I was younger because I used to be at school, I wouldn’t eat my lunch or have anything at break time or if I anyone asked me where my lunch was I would say things like I ate it earlier. Not only that I’ve been on the spectrum of binge eating, especially when I was in my depression faze, I wanted to be happy so I decided to eat my feelings instead because I couldn’t explain how I did feel in the first place.

What is more annoying is the fact that people are forcing it on people! I was actually watching Sky News the other day and someone on there said about a liquid diet if you have a lot of weight to lose. Now I have had a lot of weight to lose because I have wanted to have a baby with my husband but not only that I need it to be safe for my baby mainly because of the health risks that run in my family. It is more important for me to be healthy over everything but a liquid diet isn’t the answer, it’s a bloody crash diet! Yes your body is getting all the nutrients it needs yes but you end up being so hungry I’ve been there. It’s the worst feeling!

The other thing is you don’t need to go to these silly lengths, you don’t even need to diet, that is the silly thing. People feel like they need to make these massive changes, cutting out foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, all the things that we all love more than anything is the best way to lose weight but it isn’t. It’s about balance. All you need is healthy swaps, you don’t need to diet!

No one needs their opinions forced on you about what you should eat, how big your portions should be, whether you’re drinking enough water, whether you should stop doing this & start doing that, but unfortunately this is not the world that we live in. People always feel the need to comment on someone’s weight, the way that a person looks or how they’re supposed to feel

If someone says something about your size and you’re happy, tell them where to go, if you want to lose weight that is amazing but you don’t need to diet, just do it the healthy way, eat well, have a balanced diet and never forget how incredibly beautiful you are.

The world doesn’t need diet culture, we need to stop feeding the diet industry animal that we do every January, we just need to a little healthier and be able to have little treats, that is all. Your self worth is never defined by your clothing sizes, your waistband size, or your portion size.

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5 Comments

  1. 09/01/2017 / 12:55 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this! It’s been really grinding me down recently, seeing all of these new FAD diets everywhere. Working out and caring about what you eat is one thing; I am very much that way inclined and I love finding out about different foods and what good they can do for me but there’s definitely a line. Starving yourself should never be the answer and the fact this is encouragd angers me to the core. Another great post!

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  2. 09/01/2017 / 10:43 pm

    Thank you! I have felt so disconnected from social media lately (ie. Right when January/new years resolutions chaos hit). I feel sad when I see people (particularly women) feel that we need to have some body or diet goal now that the holidays are over. I’m all for self-improvement but our society is obsessed with it to the point of businesses pushing unhealthy fad diets on us and more importantly, a dangerously unhealthy mindset of not feeling good enough. I’m happy to be able to connect with you and other like-minded people who are trying to change the health industry.

  3. 13/01/2017 / 3:20 pm

    Ah the fad diets to my absolute head in, seriously! The amount of people who add me trying to sell me juice plus and aloe vera shots, literally just want to punch them in the face (and I hate violence!). I have been and still am a yoyo dieter, I just need to give myself moderations of the foods that I love, because I could eat an elephant if I wanted to. At the end of the day, its peoples own body and they should use it how they pleased and not be bogged down with the shit they hear in the media!

    Katie | http://silverglowx.com

  4. 01/04/2017 / 11:15 pm

    You are so right, and I wish more people saw the truth. Ultimately I always try to say to people it’s about feeling happy with yourself and in your own skin. And for anyone who wants to lose weight, diets never work. It’s about a lifestyle and as you say, healthy swaps. I lost 4.5 stone about a decade ago, it took me 3-4 years to do so but it was gradual and sustainable and happy. Well done for speaking out about it X

  5. 18/04/2017 / 3:38 pm

    I’ve greatly needed to read this today. I struggle with my weight but my boyfriend thinks it’s all in my head!

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