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Diet culture has been described as a belief system that places thin bodies above all other body types.
Today more than ever, with the proliferation of content on social networks, we must pay attention to this concept that is based on discriminating against fat bodies or non-normative, or that go beyond the ‘norm’, making us believe that they are inferior bodies or that they are of no use.
That thin-obsessed culture that helped define the media of the ’90s and early years seems to be back.
We must be vigilant to detect when the Diet Culture is negatively affecting our behaviors and our lives, generating, for example, eating or sleep disorders.
However, with so much diversity, we must say that all bodies have value and that value is not dictated or defined by aesthetics and except one that is based on being underweight.
In particular, celebrities and models are the most impressive, in fact, the Kardashian sisters, who have always been characterized by increasing the size of their breasts or buttocks, seem to hide or crush them more and more.
Fighting the “burden of beauty standards”
That’s why Mind Body Green interviewed body confidence activist and influencer Alex Light, author of You Are Not A Before picture.
“I would love for women, because women predominantly bear the burden of beauty standards, they can live their lives without worrying about their appearance. We have been taught that if we are not skinny or pretty, then we are not worthy,” she declared.
Light explains that the younger generation has access to another narrative that many of us did not have access to and for this reason we were “protected” from stereotypes.
On the other hand, Alex recommends that, in the face of this digital bombardment, we take care of our mental health, especially when diet culture tries to return: “Feeling better about our body does not come from changing our body, but to change our mentality.”
One piece of advice to avoid falling into this trend, which can seriously affect our health, is to consult a nutritionist to help us analyze our profile and recommend the diet that best suits us.
In addition, we must stop seeing the scale and weigh ourselves constantly. Some specialists describe this as “hypervigilance” and trying to exercise control over our bodies.
It is better to guide ourselves by more reliable indicators such as the way we feel, if we are healthy, if we have energy, among others.
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