When did other people’s plates become our business?
Stop food shaming!
It’s time for all of us to keep our eyes and opinions to ourself.
Our society has become so much more conscious of wellness. There’s an incredible amount of media coverage about the eating and exercise allegedly ‘required’ for good health. Be careful though, because a lot of the time there’s a great deal of money invested in convincing people that there is only one way to health.
Our knowledgeable clients and readers know there is more than one path to wellness, more than one way to eat healthy, and there are many ways to move our bodies. Healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes.
So if there are numerous ways to be healthy and well, why do some people assume their own way is best? Why do they think they can (or should) assess what others eat?
Have you witnessed blatant or subtle food shaming?
The passive shame: “You don’t eat pasta do you? Wow I’d be the size of a house if I did.”
The direct shame: “I can’t believe you drink Coke”
The ‘concerned’ shame: “You don’t need that second helping. I’m only looking out for your health.”
The questioning shame: “Should you be eating that?”
The lecturing shame: “I read that grains are toxic.”
The parental shame: “I’d never let my kids eat that.”
The measuring shame: “You eat so much more than I do.”
I’m sure you can think of so many other examples. In fact, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Let’s call out all those Food Shamers and have a good giggle.
On a serious note though, food shaming can be incredibly damaging. It can stop us from staying in tune with our own bodies, our own preferences, our own values and our ability to be mindful about eating.
And it’s just plain rude and unnecessary. You are the own boss of your belly. Maybe it’s high time we called out Food Shamers on their behaviour?