Let's face it; diet culture is everywhere! No matter where we turn, we're bombarded with messages on how to lose weight, what to eat (or not eat), and how to get the "perfect" body. It's almost impossible to escape this toxic culture, and this obsession with intentional weight loss has caused trauma in so many of us. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we're so obsessed with it? In this blog post, we'll dig into the reasons behind our obsession with intentional weight loss and why it's time to change the narrative.
The first reason we're obsessed with intentional weight loss is that it's been ingrained in us from a young age. From the time we're old enough to understand, we're taught that thin is good and fat is bad. This messaging comes from all angles, from our parents, friends, media, and even the healthcare industry. Most of us have been on a diet or two in our lifetimes, and we've seen the results (or lack thereof). But what the diet industry fails to tell us is that most diets aren't sustainable and can lead to disordered eating behaviors, which can be harmful to our mental and physical health.
The second reason we're obsessed with intentional weight loss is that we equate weight loss with success. We think that if we can just lose those extra pounds, we'll be happier, more successful, and have a better life. But the reality is that losing weight won't solve all our problems, and it's not a guarantee of happiness or success. In fact, many people who lose weight end up gaining it back and feel like failures. We need to shift our mindset away from the idea that weight loss equals success and find other markers of success that don't rely on our appearance.
The third reason we're obsessed with intentional weight loss is that we're told that being thin is healthy. While it's true that carrying excess weight can have negative health consequences, the thin ideal is not the only marker of health. We need to change the narrative about what "healthy" looks like and focus on overall wellbeing, which includes mental, emotional, and physical health. Health is not a size, and we should stop equating it with weight.
The fourth reason we're obsessed with intentional weight loss is that it's an industry. The diet industry is a billion-dollar industry, and they're not interested in making people feel bad about themselves. They're interested in making money, and they do so by perpetuating the myth that weight loss is the key to happiness and success. We need to shift our focus away from the diet industry and towards body positivity, self-love, and acceptance.
In conclusion, our obsession with intentional weight loss is harmful and needs to stop. Tell the scale to FUCK OFF! It's time to change the narrative and focus on overall wellbeing rather than the number on the scale. We need to shift our mindset away from the idea that thin equals success and find other markers of success that don't rely on our appearance. The diet industry is not our friend, and we need to stop giving them our money. Instead, let's focus on body positivity, self-love, and acceptance. It's time to embrace our bodies for what they are and celebrate all the amazing things they do for us. Let's make intentional weight loss a thing of the past and create a more positive and inclusive world for everyone.