"Dieting doesn’t work.
Shame doesn’t either. Both contribute to a lack of medical care for people who are labeled & judged before they even get to speak about how they feel or what their lives are like. Assuming a persons health problems are associated with weight or size is wrong, as is medicalizing larger bodies under the umbrella of ‘obesity’.
#DietCulture and anti-fat bias harm everyone. Especially those in fat bodies.
Both are also rooted in racism + white supremacy. As a fitness coach who is a thin, white woman, I acknowledge the privileges that I have in learning about this topic vs. experiencing it in my day-to-day life.
Please take the time to read, listen and learn from the resources below.
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Diet Culture 101
What Is Diet Culture?
National Eating Disorder Center
Obesity isn’t a ‘disease’, whatever the American Medical Association may think
Spectator Health, Christopher Snowdon
How Weight Bias is Harming Us All
Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong
Huffington Post, Michael Hobbes
How to Leave Toxic Diet Culture Behind And Pursue Actual Health
Better Humans, Ragan Chastain
Why I’m Trading Body Positivity for Fat Acceptance
Diets Don't Work
Ineffectiveness of commercial weight-loss programs for achieving
modest but meaningful weight loss: Systematic review and meta-analysis
Ketogenic diet: Is the ultimate low-carb diet good for you?
Harvard Health Blog, Dr. Marcelo Campos
The F*ck It Diet "Science" Resources
Impact on Children
How a focus on dieting in kids can impact generations
How Dieting When You’re Young Can Hurt You Later
Dieting in adolescence
US National Library of Medicine
National Institute of Health
Racism's Impact on Health
Racism-induced stress linked with high black infant mortality ratesHarvard School of Public Health
Stress was already killing black Americans. Covid-19 is making it worse.David R. Williams, The Washington Post
FOOD PSYCH #243: THE LINK BETWEEN ANTI-RACISM WORK AND ENDING DIET CULTURE WITH EDUCATOR AND ACTIVIST MONIQUE MELTON
8 Podcast Episodes Discussing The Racist Roots of Diet Culture
via The Wellful
"Racism is a public health issue. We can’t talk about diet culture, intuitive eating, improve body image or discuss nutrition & wellness without understanding that all of these stem from and have roots in the oppression of some bodies, historically Black bodies. Following the #Amplifymelantedvoices call to action on social media last week, we must continue to take action, continue to listen, learn, and center Black and POC voices in our lives. Throughout this past week, I had the opportunity to hear and see so many Black accounts in the wellness and food space. I want to highlight specific podcasts and conversations led by Black women that bring attention to racism in America and specifically pertaining to body image, mental illness, and body trauma."
June 10, 2020
The following podcasts are
via the BodyTraumaPod
Growing Up Black/ How Racism Shapes Our Relationships With Our Bodies with Ayana Habtemariam
"Nia and Ayana discuss body trauma in Ayana’s life and how racism and discrimination based on both their bodies create trauma in their bodies."
What Is It Like Being Black in America With Mental Illness and How Do We Treat it? With Alishia McCullough
"Nia and Alishia go further than only addressing mental health and blackness. They cover the “ideal” beauty standards and messages from diet culture and society from an early age, how that caused body image issues as well as an eating disorder."
Living with Mental and Physical Illness as a Fat, Black Woman in America with Evette Dionne
"Nia and Evette address fatphobia, medical bias, physical health, mental health and creating new friendships as an adult."
Intuitive Eating for The Culture hosted by Christyna Johnson
Season 1, Episode 21 Intuitive Eating for Unrest
"This 7-minute episode will let you know that you are not alone. Christyna shares how to take care of yourself while fighting for social justice and feeling disconnected from your body."
The Food Heaven Podcast hosted by Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones
Season 9 Episode 17 Fatphobia & Racial Exclusion in Dietetics w/ Veronica Garnett
"Wendy and Jess address their frustrations around the most visible voices in HAES/ Intuitive Eating movement are white and thin. Veronica Garnett, a fat positive dietitian talks about fatphobia within the field of nutrition and how health professionals can work together to make diverse voices be heard and represented."
Season 9 Episode 8 Fearing the Black Body w/ Sabrina Strings
"Wendy and Jess talk with Sabrina about the racial origins of fat phobia, weight bias, the thin ideal, the impact on our relationship to food and our bodies, how racial bias in research is a problem, and BMI."
Season 8, Episode 7 Racial Bias in Healthcare w/ Maya Feller
"Wendy and Jess talk with Maya Feller, a dietitian specializing in chronic disease prevention. They address medical bias, negative health narratives that affect people of color, and honoring culture through food."
Be Well, Sis Podcast hosted by Cassandre Dunbar @withlovecassandre Episode 4 : Yes, Black Women Get Eating Disorders Too
"Cassandre interviews Alishia McCullough on discussing eating disorders in Black and Brown communities, racial disparities in diagnosing eating disorders in marginalized communities, the importance of having boundaries for mental health, and coping strategies.
Why Weight Lifting Works
Preventing Muscle Loss As We Age
The New York Times, Jane E. Brody
Resistance Training is Medicine: Effects of Strength Training on Health
Strength Training Builds More than Muscle
Harvard Medical School
Body Positive & Health At Every Size
Health At Every Size (HAES)
Linda Bacon, PhD
The Master Body Positive Resource List
The Militant Baker
The Body Positive Institute
What is an Anti-Diet Dietician?
The Body Is Not An Apology
Sonya Renee Taylor