I wanted to call out this harm, I wanted to save people from this harm. Given that Harrison was no stranger to the topics in her book, I was curious if anything surprised her while doing her research. That our cultural weight bias and desire for thinness started long before any health arguments about body size. These are distinct from behavioral determinants of health, which include nutrition and physical activity as well as tobacco, drug and alcohol use, seat-belt use, sexual activity and whether we use sun protection. Excluding genetics, the rest is due to social determinants of health.
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If dieting is so clearly ineffective, why are we so obsessed with it? The culprit is diet culture, a system of beliefs that equates thinness to health and moral virtue, promotes weight loss as a means of attaining higher status, and demonizes certain ways of eating while elevating others. It's sexist, racist, and classist, yet this way of thinking about food and bodies is so embedded in the fabric of our society that it can be hard to recognize.
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That mission is. What looks like health is often a diet in disguise, she argues, and provides evidence, including a list of sources and further reading section, to support her claims. The second part of Anti-Diet gets into intuitive eating and moralizing health, and answers readers potential objections. Any type of food restriction beyond something with legitimate medical reasons is a diet. Firstly, a book that discusses bodies, food, and health need to be written by a trustworthy author and not a charlatan. In fact, the teachers and students were often talking about their latest diets between lessons. Because she is able to confess to her past as a pro-dieter and her own journey to make peace with food, in addition to her credentials, I trust Harrison is the right person to write such a book.
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