Lose Weight, Stop Dieting
That’s what Kjerstin Gruys, a UCLA sociology grad student, wondered.
The question haunts me. I’m a feminist, a recovered anorexic and, yes, I’m on a diet.
She knows the horrors of obsessing over “bad food.” Women become starving anorexics or binging/vomiting bulimics or fall into the most common food ailment: binge-eating disorder, which is marked by overeating in secret, lying about eating, craving unhealthy foods, and putting food first.
Feminists pan diets that “drain women’s energy, happiness, and wallets – often while risking our health,” Gruys notes. And in the end, diets usually fail.
Still, slim women are rewarded and heavy women are punished. So what’s a girl to do?
Gruys has chosen to forgo both mirrors and dieting.
I don’t know if avoiding mirrors will help, but when I stopped dieting I lost weight because I also lost my food obsession.
So I don’t believe in diets.
But I do believe in loving healthy foods like delicious fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, whole grains, nuts, and peanut butter.
But I do also enjoy some sweets — dark chocolate’s my fave — and an occasional burger and fries.
The focus is on loving healthy foods, not shunning so-called bad foods. And it works for me.
The starvation beauty ideal is ridiculous – and unattractive, if you ask me.
And labeling foods “bad” just leads to obsession – you want what you can’t have.
This is a rerun. I’m on vacation.