The phrase “diet culture” refers to a society that is so inundated with dieting propaganda, oftentimes imperceptibly, that it affects how we relate to ourselves and each other. And in case you haven’t noticed, we live in one.
With 2015 upon nus, a lot of folks are undoubtedly making weight loss resolutions, dedicating themselves to a diet for January 1st.
But here’s the secret that the weight loss industry isn’t telling you: Yo-yo dieting cycle does absolutely nothing to help us and absolutely everything to uphold capitalism.
In this video, vlogger (and Co-Managing Editor for Everyday Feminism) Melissa A. Fabello uses food psychology to explain how the restrict-and-binge cycle is hurting everyone except those who are creating your body dissatisfaction in the first place.
Click for the Transcript
Please check out the following Everyday Feminism articles for more information on body image and diet culture:
- What Diets and Deodorants Have in Common
- Breaking Down the Desire to Be Thinner
- Having a Healthy Diet Out of Love and Not Fear
- 5 Subtle Differences Between Diets and Anorexia
Melissa A. Fabello, Co-Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, is a sexuality educator, eating disorder and body image activist, and media literacy vlogger based out of Philadelphia. She enjoys rainy days, Jurassic Park, and the occasional Taylor Swift song and can be found on YouTube and Tumblr. She holds a B.S. in English Education from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She is currently working on her PhD. She can be reached on Twitter @fyeahmfabello. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.