You might have an eating disorder. Yes, you.

I didn’t know I had a problem. Everyone at school, on TV, in magazines talked about weight all the time. It didn’t seem odd that it was all I thought about. I didn’t know that dieting could be a bad thing. Every time I skipped a meal or dropped some weight, all I heard was…

The trouble with weight-loss resolutions

Last week, my coworker walked over to my desk to talk about her New Year’s resolutions. She said she wanted to study for the GMAT, the U.S. entrance exam for business school required to take her career to the next level — and also lose weight. But she felt she could only tackle one of…

Beware the word “healthy”

“Healthy” is an empty word. You have to fill it. Defining this word for yourself is both an opportunity and an imperative. Unless you take the time to think critically about what “healthy” means to you, the gazillion-dollar diet industry will find your weaknesses and exploit them. It’s that very special time of year where…

Don’t let diet culture fill in the blanks

Humans communicate in shorthand and subtext. Who has the time or inclination to spell out every single implication within every single comment every single day? Sometimes we aren’t even consciously aware of the hidden meanings in the things we say! This leaves the listener with a lot of unknowns, and our own cultural experiences and…

Imagine eating a stick of butter

Picture yourself unwrapping a whole stick of butter. Now take a biiiiig bite. Chew it around your mouth, focus on the flavor. How’s it taste? Want another bite? AHHH GROSS NO THANK YOU. Even if you are in a place in your life where you feel completely out of control around food, I bet you…

Balance is not a number

You cannot count it. You can’t measure it or weigh it. You can only feel it. Balance is not a job. You are not required to clock in and out, or think about it every moment of every day, or arrange for special days off. You are allowed to keep it in the back of…