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Breaking Up With Diet Culture -
Feature Article in The Community Edition, Feb. 5, 2020
This might be one of the hardest relationships you’ll ever need to end – but I can almost guarantee that it’ll make you a much better version of yourself. As a non-diet-dietitian, it’s my job to help people move away from diet culture when that’s their intention.
Diet culture, refers to any factor in our environment that makes us want to change our food/drink, activity, medication or supplement choices in order to change our body shape or size.
Diet culture is rampant everywhere – permeating into our lives from the multi-billion dollar diet industry, the fashion and beauty industry and even through some health care providers. Diet culture messaging targets all ages – be it through my kids’ Berenstain Bears books, weight loss ads targeting teens or 96-year-olds in the dining room at the nursing homes.
Diet culture’s toxic message is “one size must fit all and one diet fits all.” It fails to share that weight is 80 percent determined by our genetics or that 80-95 percent of people on diets regain the weight they’ve lost and often more within three years. It also fails to talk about the dangers of yo-yo dieting or how it is okay (and can be healthy) to not be thin.
Read more here as I discuss hormones, fatphobia, body autonomy, mental health, intuitive eating and balance.
Learn more about eating disorders during Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2020, Feb 1-7th, 2020. Check out local events in Waterloo & Guelph.
The fashion industry does much damage by not making clothing accessible for all bodies. This post will provide you with some exciting changes taking place in fashion to make clothing more accessible and give you a list of local and national clothing options that make options available to those living in larger bodies.
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Food allergy desensitization is a new protocol taking place to allow those with food allergies to be able to eat foods that are labelled "may contain." Learn about our family's experience with this for peanut allergy desensitization.
What is diet culture? We are all affected by it. Where does it come from? How does it affect us or show up in our daily lives? There are alternatives even though we are all swimming in this toxic soup.
Emotional eating is often approached with shame, which for many is unbeneficial. This blog provides you with 5 shame less and kind ways to approach emotional eating as a window of opportunity into what is going on inside, with strategies to expand your toolbox of self-care. Written by Suzanne Dietrich, Registered Dietitian Gut Instincts Nutrition Counselling
Over 1 million Canadians suffer from eating disorders in Canada, which is similar to the whole population of Saskatchewan (as quoted by the National Eating Disorders Awareness Centre, NEDIC). This is a serious problem.
There are not enough resources in our community, province or country for this. Individuals, families and our communities are suffering from the devastating outcomes of eating disorders.
Over the past year, I have been given the opportunity to work more intensively with people who are living with eating disorders..some of them have been so ill while they await specialized eating disorder inpatient treatment. It is heartbreaking. They should not have to wait this long. These individuals are some of the kindest most generous people I have met. They have not chosen their illness.
There are limited supports for their loved ones too. But in Waterloo Region the Canadian Mental Health Association offers an amazing group for family & friends. Check it out here.
Children need to learn about eating disorders and disordered eating in school. They need to understand that there are many ways to be healthy and that health can exist at any size. NEDIC offers free body image curriculum resources for gr.4-8 on their website. I also do talks on disordered eating, healthy bodies and eating disorders in Waterloo Region and Guelph. If you are a teacher and would like some guidance on this please reach out.
⚠️ If you are selling any type of health or wellness messaging ensure you understand how to screen for an eating disorder and know how to get your client support. I have seen countless clients who were recommended diets and meal plans that only furthered their disordered eating symptoms. This is your professional obligation! Let me know if you need help with this. I was given very little education during my four-year degree and learned a lot through continuing education and mentoring.
If you or an individual you love needs help around eating then contact me here. Eating disorders can be fully treatable with medical, nutritional and psychological support.
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