Food Shaming on the Rise
Where it is coming from
Food shaming is related to the unfortunate rise in fad diets and uneducated “nutrition gurus.” Registered Dietitians are the utmost nutrition experts, and yet, any influencer with a social media account has been effectively able to dispense nutrition information, much of which is not only inaccurate but also potentially harmful. When impressionable people listen to advice delivered with a strong conviction from someone they’ve grown to trust, people believe it and begin to cast judgments on themselves or others who don’t follow or comply.
Many judgments around food are also created by food companies looking to profit from these food fears by capitalizing on their expensive products. If a company helps demonize gluten, for instance, then they may have more success selling their more expensive gluten-free cookies.
How it impacts our health
When a person is paranoid or in a state of anxiousness around food, it could cause a rise in cortisol in the body. This activation of stress can cause inflammation which could not only lessen the absorbability of nutrients but also cause issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome. It could seriously affect a person’s mental health and wellbeing and potentially cause social isolation as well. If a person feels as though she will be judged based on her food choices, she may avoid social situations such as hosting friends or meeting people for a meal.
Additionally, if a person believes only certain trendy foods are healthy than she may have issues budgeting her finances in order to support her food plan. As mentioned, many judgments around food are created by food companies looking to profit from these food fears by capitalizing on their expensive products. The stress involved in paying for expensive food can also cause issues.
Can cause weight gain and inflammation
Not only can these food fears and judgments lead to inflammation but it can also cause weight gain. Stress has been shown to increase a person’s cravings and appetite for high-fat high sugar food, which will certainly affect their experience trying to lose weight. Additionally, many foods that are “healthy,” are not healthy for weight loss. For instance, many blogs and social media accounts promote the health of acai bowls. These smoothie bowls are incredibly caloric and can have 3 doughnuts worth of sugar.
Someone may cast judgments on food that isn’t organic, gluten-free, non-gmo and vegan for instance, but overeating foods that fulfill those claims can still cause a rise in body fat.
We need to change the conversation and improve our relationship with food and our bodies
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A healthy way to view food
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- The Atlantic: The Tyranny of Workplace Food-Shamers
- The Good Yolk: Clean Eating: Here’s Why You Need to Make the Food Shaming Stop
- The Harvard Gazette: Hold the Soda, Hold the Fat Shaming