• Emma Green

Isn’t intuitive eating just eating?

I’ve seen a lot of people throwing the term intuitive eating under the bus recently and it is frustrating. It’s not a ‘new trend’ it’s a concept coined by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their book of the same name in 1995. It was hugely important in making way for the non-diet approach we have today. If we didn’t live in diet culture, we wouldn’t need a name for intuitive eating. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and so we need terminology to be able to describe an approach that goes against the dominant paradigm. It’s no different from the feminism, which we need because of the patriarchal society we live in or body positivity, which we need because we live in a society which promotes thin, white, able-bodied women as the ideal. Don’t use the term intuitive eating if you don’t want to but don’t bash a concept that has been hugely important for reminding people that they have a choice. People don’t have to follow a meal plan or track calories or macros. There is another option. That message is needed because it isn’t the mainstream narrative. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with critique of ideas but bashing something because you hate the name is not contributing to a constructive conversation. There’s a big difference between creating an intelligent conversation and making a bunch of noise. Choose wisely.

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