Beauty is pain, nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, suppress your appetite by any means necessary, beat your cravings, stay strong, behave. -
Dieting sounds an awful lot like obedience. I think it’s important we question who we’re being obedient to. Ourselves? It sounds like a lot of self denial so no, that can’t be it. Dieting is to be obedient to cultural beauty standards. Thin, firm, young, smooth bodies. These standards are so heavily engrained that they are seen as a moral imperative. People who aren’t at least trying to make themselves more visually appealing are described as lazy. Fat people are only acceptable when they’re actively trying to lose weight. Women obsessing over weight and size have little energy left to think about things that actually matter. -
Beauty standards take root in many ways, but none are more pervasive to our every day life than dieting. After all, everyone’s gotta eat. Start paying attention to diet language around you, discussion of good or bad foods, talk of calories, carbs, behaving, cheating, rewarding, restricting to make up for rewarding, exercising to work off a meal, persistent talk of losing pounds, and promise of happiness one day when X amount of weight or body fat is lost. -
Count me out. Your weight doesn’t need fixing, your ability to love yourself through all the shapes your body will take during this lifetime is what needs fixing. As contagious as diet culture is, unlearning it can be just as contagious and can help people around you find peace with their own body.