With the topics of body positivity and self-love becoming more popular over the last few years, it’s no surprise that the world of wellness has been bombarded by diet culture vultures in an effort to sell more products, teas, shakes, workout plans, etc. And for the everyday consumer, the line between diet culture and wellness may seem pretty blurred.
Obviously we all want to be healthy, right? So, why is it a bad idea to achieve that through the latest fad diet? Can’t you address total wellness while restricting calories or counting points? The short answer: not really. But let me give you more context and some reasons why.
Let’s be clear. Diet culture has been the boss of the fitness and health industry for decades. However, body positivity, self-love, total wellness and, now, even “fat acceptance” have come along. As more people become aware of these topics and concepts, many die-hard dieters are divorcing their diets.
So, like any good business, companies that encourage and financially profit off of diet culture are reframing their programs to appear more focused on wellness. They are adding meditation to their programs or telling clients to read a self-help book to round out their fitness program. And while it’s a cute effort, please beware of the wolf (diet culture) in sheep’s (wellness) clothing. The end goal is the same: Get you to think you’re unhealthy and then GET YOUR MONEY.
Here’s how you can sort through who’s REALLY about self-love, body positivity and acceptance and who’s just blowing smoke.
Remember, wellness wants all of you to be well…your mind, your soul and your body. Diet culture wants you to lose weight, decrease your waistline and become the smallest version of yourself, by any means necessary. Who wants that? Not me…at least not anymore. Hopefully, you don’t either. Life is too short to spend it dieting. It’s time to live and live WELL.
Dr. Lisa N. Folden is a licensed physical therapist and mom-focused lifestyle coach. As a movement expert and women’s health advocate, Dr. Lisa works to help busy moms find their ‘healthy.’ The owner of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness Consultants in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Folden works with clients recovering from orthopedic and neurological injuries. Additionally, she assists busy moms seeking a healthier lifestyle by guiding their food, exercise and wellness choices through optimal organization, planning strategies and holistic goal setting.
A regular contributor to online and print articles on topics related to health, wellness, self-care, motherhood, pregnancy and pain, Dr. Lisa has had the distinct honor of being featured in Oprah Magazine, Shape Magazine, Livestrong, Bustle and several others.
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