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What is Diet Culture and “Body Ideals”?
Diet culture promotes weight loss (or “bulking up”) to achieve higher status. It sets external rules about eating and exercise, chasing an impossible body ideal. This pursuit can be harmful or even deadly. Diet culture’s pervasiveness has normalized the pursuit of the “body ideal” through restrictive diets and exercise and it has become so common it is often encouraged.
We encourage adults to practically make this shift away from diet culture by refraining from discussing diet and weight around kids and teens.
What is Diet & Weight Talk?
This includes any conversation about restricting or villainizing foods or food groups for the sake of wanting to change one’s body weight, size, or shape.
Our What to Say Pledge to stop diet and weight talk is a great first step. We know dieting and body/weight dissatisfaction can lead to a host of mental health concerns and are the top two predictors of children and teens developing eating disorders.
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Our What to Say Pledge to stop diet and weight talk is a great first step.
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