• Emma Green

The problem with food shaming

This is a topic I wanted to cover because I've seen it increasingly on social media, including in the comments section of this page. It needs to stop!

Other than being unnecessary and rude, food shaming can have some really damaging consequences, here are 3 of them:⠀⠀ 1. Promotes an 'all or nothing' approach: Food shaming reinforces binary thinking about food. Labelling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not only misguided but also highly damaging. It can lead to people having extremely restrictive diets with a very limited range of foods. ⠀⠀ 2. Prevents mindful eating: Mindful eating requires being aware of your own hunger, fullness and cravings. Food shaming encourages people to detach from these sensations. Ironically, suppressing hunger and/or cravings is likely to lead to subsequent overconsumption of foods as a result of feeling restricted. ⠀⠀ 3. Triggering for eating disorders: For those with a predisposition to eating disorders or those in recovery, comments about food can be really harmful. They can trigger a cascade of negative thoughts about food and body image. You can’t tell if a person has an eating disorder by looking at them so you don’t know who you might be hurting with your words.

I know how hard it is to have a healthy relationship with food and it’s something I’m hugely passionate about. Food shaming is never okay. If it’s not your body, it’s not your business.

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