Self-Compassion and Radical Acceptance are Paramount
To support people in healing their relationship with food and their body, we must create an environment where self-kindness, compassion, and radical acceptance are encouraged. Diet culture does the opposite of that. Diet culture makes billions off of low self-esteem and negative body image. Diet culture takes advantage of people in their most vulnerable state who are seeking visibility, acceptance, and a way to feel safe. Diet culture tells us that some bodies are bad and some bodies are good. Diet culture promotes thinness above all else, regardless if it compromises mental stability, physical health, or triggers an eating disorder.
Self-compassion and radical acceptance are paramount in healing your relationship with food and your body. This means strengthening your foundation by choosing to nourish and care for the body you have today. It’s understanding that you are worthy right now as you are and manipulating your size or shape won’t change that. It’s a shift in priorities to living a life outside of constantly thinking about food and your body. It’s choosing to trust the wisdom of your body over anyone else. It’s understanding that connecting with others, making your mark in this world, and leaving a legacy are far more important than what the scale says.
“A negative body image involves a distorted perception for one’s shape. Negative body image (or body dissatisfaction) involves feelings of shame, anxiety, and self-consciousness. People who experience high levels of body dissatisfaction feel their bodies are flawed in comparison to others, and these folks are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and eating disorders. While there is no single cause of eating disorders, research indicates that body dissatisfaction is the best-known contributor to the development of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa (Stice, 2002).”