How anti-diet and Feminism are related?

I watched a film on Netflix this weekend called Coisa mais linda (Most beautiful thing) that reminded me how far we have come in terms of women`s rights in this society. This film was shoot in Rio, where I was born, showing how life used to be in the late 50s.

When women were not allowed to work, vote, open a business, or even speak their truth. Women were praised for looking good and not for their skills and talents.

This is where diet culture comes in and is SO ingrained in us.

If we are experiencing life in this actual generation, we can consider ourselves privileged, although the equality is still not fully there yet.

We can all agree that men and women deserve equal treatment, yet our diet culture wields a system of beliefs that is far from it.  Let’s understand the underlying relationship between food, dieting, and feminism.

Every day, in every town across the glove, young women are going on a diet.

Did you know that body size does not dictate health, or worth, yet, so many women pursue weight loss with a single-minded focus, even those who fit the stereotypical cultural image of health?  I have been there too, click here if you want to read more about my personal story.

It’s a heartbreaking reality that many of us live in and this is very DAMAGING to our mental health.

Us women obsess over our size, not out of shallowness, but because we’re told every single day by the media, our friends and family that our worth hinges on our looks. We can be a successful woman, personally and professionally, loving and kind but if we don’t look a certain way, it doesn’t really matter.

In fact, studies show women are 16 times more likely to face weight discrimination in the workplace than men. You’re probably familiar with the gender pay gap, but did you know that women who weigh more earn 6% less than thinner women?

Most men have a long way to go in how they talk about and treat women. However, we can begin to make changes by opting out of diet culture. We can learn about weight discrimination and sexism, and call it out when we see it!

By dieting, we’re essentially accepting sizeism and sexism as truth. By pressuring our friends to join us in our diet, we’re spreading the same message:

That you’re not good enough unless you’re thin. (which is SO NOT TRUE, unless you`re naturally thin)

How are we supposed to do amazing things if all of our brain space is taken by constantly thoughts about food? Or if our brain is deprived of the energy it needs to function? Hey sis, you need to have foods to nourish that brilliant brain of yours! The world needs your gifts.

Dieting is a distraction from the important work that women need to do to in order to achieve great things in this society.

What if we focus on appreciating your body as it is now, because you can’t take good care of something you hate.

What if we instead of depriving our bodies, we think about nourishing it so we can accomplish all the amazing things in this life? Let’s stop telling our friends they aren’t good enough by engaging in diet talk and body criticising. Instead, let’s talk about exciting events, fun trips, or literally anything else.

Because you can do so much more in this world when you’re NOURISHED and not preoccupied by dieting

There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel better on your own skin, there is weight range where our bodies naturally wants to be in given the best conditions. It is very important to be realistic and aware of our own body composition and DNA. I am sure that you are not trying to become taller after reaching adulthood, right?

If you need help to make peace with food & your body, reach me out at contact and let me know what you`re struggling with. I would love to work with you!

Non-dieting, body acceptance and HAES, what`s all that about?

The Native Nutrition approach to health include:

NON-DIETING

The Non-Dieting movement reflects the understanding that restrictive weight loss diets are not the key to health and well-being. Instead, dieting often leads in one of two harmful directions:

  • the path of yo-yo dieting and weight cycling where people swing between periods of controlled, restrictive eating alternating with times of difficulty regulating hunger and fullness due to a focus on food rules rather than intuitive eating
  • the path of obsessively focusing on weight and body shape to the point that people become unable to eat in a relaxed, enjoyable way, placing them at risk of a clinical Eating Disorder.

The non-diet approach may still involve a focus on nutrition, but it does so in combination with a consideration of other aspects of well-being such as moderation, flexibility, spontaneity and pleasure.

BODY ACCEPTANCE

Body Acceptance encourages a self-compassionate approach to caring for the body we have. This approach prioritises a healthy mind-body relationship enabling us to be kind to ourselves and grateful for our body’s functionality, taking a holistic approach to caring for our overall health.

This approach offers a non-judgemental approach which appreciates size diversity.

HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE​®

Health at Every Size® (HAES) is a ‘weight neutral’ approach which focuses on health and well-being, not numbers on the scale.
The HAES® principles from the Association for Size Diversity & Health are as follows:

  1. Weight Inclusive: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealising or pathologising of specific weights.
  2. Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalise access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs..
  3. Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
  4. Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualised eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
  5. Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.

​BUT if you are under your most healthy weight…
MY APPROACH WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
Some of our clients have restrictive Eating Disorders and may be struggling to meet their basic nutritional needs. These people may need a more deliberate focus on their eating patterns and weight in to restore their body’s health and vitality. The approach we take will depend on your needs and will be negotiated with you
as part of your treatment.
Get in touch today!