A Picture Does Not Tell The Whole Story

Apps like Timehop and Facebook’s On This Day can be fun to see what you were doing on a certain day throughout the years. It can also be incredibly triggering.
Similarly, when you’re scrolling through your feed this weekend and seeing a variety of bodies, remember that you do not know anyone’s story. You do not know what it took for them to look a certain way or what their thoughts are about their body in the picture.

We Restrict Food for a Reason

No one diets for no reason. We do not wake up one day and decide to starve ourselves or restrict foods we normally enjoy. We diet for many different reasons. We may be trying to change our body because we’ve learned we’re not good as we are, we may think we’re going to treat or cure a disease, we may be coping with stress, or any other number of reasons.

Sugar Sweetened Beverages are Not the Root of All Evil

Sugar sweetened beverages including soda, juice, iced tea, sports drinks, and energy drinks are not the root cause of the so-called “obesity epidemic” or increasing rates of diabetes. Just like donuts and ice cream didn’t cause these “epidemics”, neither did simply drinking sugar sweetened beverages. There are so many factors involved and it’s completely oversimplifying a complicated matter and ignoring genetics, socioeconomic barriers, and environmental factors.

It’s Okay to Want to Change Your Body

The non-diet, Health at Every Size message may say that you don’t need to change your body to be happy or healthy, but wanting to change your body isn’t wrong. It isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean you’re vain or have the wrong priorities. It’s completely normal at times to want to change your body. You may want to lose weight, have a smaller nose, bigger butt or breasts, bigger biceps, more chiseled abs, tanner skin, lighter hair, etc. etc.