Diet-Culture Limits Inclusion

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Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health

This photo commonly used in cafeterias and some homes utilizes the appropriate amount of each food category to eat from.

Jackson Weems, Staff Writer

As summer approaches, dieting and swimsuits become the new norm. Students are dieting in numerous ways, while some do not at all. 

The dieting trend can be just as bad as ‘fat-shaming,’ when it should be used in a positive light such as encouraging using kind words,”

— Zurie Buchanan

“Dieting takes a lot of control and motivation. It only works when you really put effort into it,” Gracie Meadows, junior, said.

Over the past couple decades, dieting has become a trend. It can be split into two categories: healthy and unhealthy. Healthy dieting includes everything the body counts as essential nutrients like fluids, macronutrients, micronutrients and a reasonable amount of calories. The key is balance. 

“Every food group is important in some way for your body. So as long as you are getting the right amounts of each group, you are healthy,” Hadassah Noble, senior, said.

While healthy dieting is a good choice to sustain one’s well-being, some people choose unhealthy ways to diet, cutting out an entire food group or getting out of balance. An example of this would be not eating enough. By not eating enough, the entire body is altered to be more sensitive to change. 

“The dieting trend can be just as bad as ‘fat-shaming,’ when it should be used in a positive light such as encouraging using kind words,” Zurie Buchanan, junior, said.

Not only do harsh words kill  motivation, but they also negatively affect self-esteem. This could lead to a decline in calories and nutrients consumed by scarred individuals.

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Dieting pills are commonly used to help increase metabolism while suppressing appetite. These pills alone have increased people’s weight in the past.

“Nowadays, people only care about physical looks and put other people down for the way they appear,” Meadows said. 

Despite what most people think, humans come in all shapes and sizes and should not be categorized based on weight or shape and unhealthy dieters should not be verbally or mentally punished for their lack of choices.