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Reject Diet Culture on No Diet Day—And Beyond

By: Brittany Thiel, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City

Posted on May 06, 2021

Blog header image 5.6.2021Social media can be a great tool to connect with others and experience creativity on the go, but it can also come with engrained messages associated with diet culture and the seemingly unattainable standards set by society. As you scroll down your feed, you may see advertisements for detox teas or tips for how to get a "bikini body" in time for the approaching summer.

These diet culture messages suggest there is a right and a wrong type of body to live in, instilling the association that following the newest "healthy" diet on the market, or achieving rapid weight loss, is inherently right orgood. When in actuality, the term healthy encompasses much more than social media leads on. Health comes in all shapes and sizes, and it involves much more than physical health alone.

Diet culture promotes a "one-size-fits-all" approach, and we have seen time and time again with new fad diets consistently popping up, that this approach is not sustainable. While diet culture presents itself in many forms in our daily lives, we can work toward rejecting and debunking diet culture as we continue to learn what healthy means for us as individuals, regardless of what healthy may mean for someone else with completely different thoughts, preferences and hurdles.

So, as you continue on your journey, remember to actively choose YOU every day to learn what is healthy for your own mind and body!

Brittany Thiel, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian for The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City. She joined Renfrew in January 2020 and has grown a passion for helping others discover positive relationships with food and their bodies. In her free time, Brittany enjoys baking, DIY crafting, and spending time outdoors.
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