What is diet culture?

When you’re surrounded by diet culture, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you. In light of NEDA’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I want to talk a bit about the words and actions that perpetuate diet culture every day. It’s not enough to discuss eating disorder symptoms and prevalence and call it…

What exactly does it mean to be “on track”?

Because it sounds suspiciously like a diet to me. Do you ever feel like you’ve fallen off track? Like you need to get back on track? When you dig deeper into those feelings…do they alllll lead back to food? That’s a pretty serious warning sign that you are limiting your food intake and feeling guilty…

Give yourself the gift of body acceptance

IT’S FREE, Y’ALL. Okay, I know you’re probably all gifted out by now. But I’ve gotta give a shoutout to the very best gift in the whole wide world: body acceptance. It’s free, I reach for it every single day, and I only wish I could gift it to other people, too. You may have heard of…

A big meal is not a binge

This holiday season, I keep hearing the word “binge” tossed around really casually, online and in conversation. Like: “How to recover after your Thanksgiving binge”-type stuff. This is a ludicrous misuse of the word. And pretty reckless, too: are we seriously teaching our kids that big family meals are binges? Imagine a typical holiday meal. You’re…

What if you had never heard the word ‘diet’?

What if you never learned to compare your body to other people’s bodies? What if you never looked down at your plate and wondered how many things you were doing wrong? What if you didn’t look in the mirror and see something perpetually inadequate? What if you weren’t taught that your worth is determined by your…

Just a friendly reminder that bathroom scales have nothing to do with health

And everything to do with marketing. I’ve rounded up a few old ads for bathroom scales, and they are doozies. From the late 19th century and into the Depression era, scale manufacturers successfully parlayed their machinery into a smaller moneymaker for humans: a novelty item where people could pay a penny to find out their weight at department…