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I talk about diet culture a lot and for good reason. Every single one of us is swimming in a sea of diet culture. It influences everything from how we speak and exercise to what we eat and wear.
Diet culture is a system of beliefs and values that prioritizes body weight, shape, and size over health and well-being. It places a moral value on behaviors, products, and goals that are designed to achieve a specific body type.
In this solo episode, I talk about the harm that diet culture causes and how you can participate in it whether or not you're “officially” on a diet. I also explain how diet culture interacts with other systems of oppression and how to ditch it for good.
Mentioned in This Episode
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders eating disorder statistics
- National Eating Disorders Association list of eating disorders risk factors
- The Silicon Valley phenomenon of “biohacking” [CW: descriptions of disordered eating behaviors]
- The alkaline water trend
- BMI is a lie
- The Health At Every Size free Facebook group
Featured in This Episode
Shohreh Davoodi (she/her) was the host of the Conjuring Up Courage podcast during the show's three-year run. Currently, Shohreh is focusing her attention on being a writer and creator. You can keep up with Shohreh by subscribing to her newsletter, The Queer Agenda, and following her on Instagram and TikTok.
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