Hi all! This is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and today I’m taking down diet culture.
You may be wondering, why would a dietitian claim to be anti-diet? Without diets, wouldn’t dietitians cease to exist?
False. I’m talking about dieting as part of the general public and as a societal norm. What you’re thinking of, is Medical Nutrition Therapy.
To clear things up a bit, a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a health professional, trained and educated on nutrition, metabolism, and its influence on different disease states. In some settings, the dietitian provides Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) by providing a prescriptive diet order for someone with critical clinical needs.
That’s not all a RDN can do, but I’ll leave that for another blog post.
Diet culture is a societal expectation and pressure on losing weight, and is a leading cause of forming unhealthy obsessions with weight loss. With social media weight loss trends, new diet supplements, and magazines touting the newest diet fads on every supermarket aisle, it’s hard to think outside of the diet culture box.
What you need to know is that dieting does not work for long-term weight loss. Most people gain back the weight they lost after the diet and some regain even more weight than they had before.
It’s time to put an end to yo-yo dieting and start forming healthier relationships with food and our bodies. In honor of NEDA week, please take the Body Acceptance Challenge to combat toxic pressures of diet culture and weight stigma. You can also take the Eating Disorder Screening to see if you are at risk for an eating disorder.
Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know if you have joined the challenge!