Like many people, I have been trapped in cycles of dieting throughout my life in attempts to make my body smaller. More recently, ‘wellness’ has become the new language for the same old restrictive eating in the name of health.
A light-bulb moment was realising that eating behaviours that would be diagnosed as disordered eating in someone with a smaller than average body were being actively prescribed to people with larger than average bodies. If you have ever counted almonds, or think of foods in numbers and points, or take your own food to parties, you have experienced this too! To me, this all felt unjust, wholly unethical and harmful.
A master’s degree in applied human nutrition has given me the opportunity to explore more about the fallacy of BMI and health paradoxes.
I have a keen interest in weight stigma and the way social factors negatively affect health outcomes. I have explored how health is something for all bodies, and how nutrition science is messy and nuanced, not simply ‘eat less, move more’. Food and eating really is so much more – it is social, relational, cultural and spiritual.