How do I get out of a diet culture?
- Reject the Diet Mentality. Get rid of things that keep you stuck in the diet mentality like low-calorie cookbooks and your scale.
- Be Critical of the Language You Use.
- Learn to Eat Intuitively.
- Nurture Your Relationship With Nutrition and Exercise as a Form of Self-Care.
- Build Community.
Why do people follow diet culture?
People who have been conditioned to accept diet culture as a normal way of life may have a poor self-image, regularly participate in negative self-talk, and believe that being thin makes a person better than someone who is not. They may also have an all-or-nothing mentality.
How does diet culture affect mental health?
Diet culture often fuels guilt and shame around eating, encourages body discrimination and fosters disordered eating. Diet culture can also lead to lead to orthorexia, a term that refers to an individual having an unhealthy obsession with healthy food.