Diet Culture: what does it look like in real life?

June 18, 2021

Let’s talk again about Diet Culture. What does it sound like in real life?

I’ll use the best definition of ‘Diet Culture’, given by E. Tribole and E. Resch in the book Intuitive Eating:

“Diet culture is a societal system of beliefs, messages, and behaviours that places value on a person’s weight and appearance, rather that well-being, which unfortunately, has become common and normalized.

It reifies thinness, equating it with health and moral virtue, while demonising some foods and elevating others”.

According to the diet culture, you’re ok as long as you’re skinny. It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy, your body is well functioning, in harmony with the mind.

It doesn’t matter if behind the skinny hides mental distress, an eating disorder or chronic restrictions.
As long as it’s skinny, it’s fine.


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👉The culture of ‘thinness’ it’s probably what lies behind the great anxiety you are feeling right about going back to work, the gym or seeing friends and colleagues after putting on weight. You don’t want people to see ‘what happened to you’ in the last months of being at home.

When in reality you were busy doing what most of us did: cope with some unprecedented change no one was ever prepared for.

👉 Diet culture is what makes you being apologetic for what you ordered at the restaurant, or for not keeping up with the pace with your walking buddies. Because it wants you to think that all comes down to food and exercise, and if you’re not thin than it means you’ve got no willpower or you’re a lazy person.

👉Diet mentality is what is causing you to feel unhappy about yourself even when you reached the ‘target weight’, because there’s always one more inch, or one more pound you could lose, to look like that fitness influencer on Instagram.


What diet culture doesn’t tell you is that all bodies are created equal, and still they’re all beautifully different. And you, do you believe this? Let me know here in the comments.

With Kindness,

Dona 🌷


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Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in binge and emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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Donatella Porceddu Psychologist & Eating Coach specialised in Binge Eating, Overeating, Emotional Eating, Food freedom, anti-diet approach. 1:1 support through my Make Peace with Food program.

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