Is intuitive eating healthy? (part 2)
Updated: Aug 17, 2019
This is a part 2 to my series on managing people who challenge intuitive eating, health at every size and other non-diet approaches. In my first post, I discussed the science and in this post, I’ll address the social justice aspect. In the next part, I’ll cover personal experience. At the core of non-diet approaches, is a belief that all bodies are valuable and deserve to be respected. It is advocating to ensure that health-promoting activities are accessible to all bodies. It is an understanding of the multiple factors that influence health, rather than blaming individuals. It is an acknowledgement of the multiple forms of privilege, which impact health both directly and indirectly. It is a statement that all people deserve access to the same healthcare. It is challenging the scientific and cultural assumptions about health. It is valuing body diversity, in terms of size, shape, gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, age and other human attributes. It is supporting individuals to find their own version of health and happiness, rather than trying to make them conform to societal ideals. This list certainly isn’t exhaustive but hopefully it gives an insight into the social justice lens of the non-diet approach, which at its core aims for body liberation.