Eating Disorders

5 phrases to eliminate from your vocabulary (and why they are detrimental)

October 27, 2016

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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1. "I feel fat" – Fat is not an emotion.  What you are saying is that you are feeling something, probably something negative or uncomfortable because that's what our society associates with the language of fat.  Next time you catch yourself "feeling fat" ask, What am I really feeling?

2. "Guilty pleasure" – We need not feel guilty for experiencing pleasure (unless it's because of another's suffering, and if that's the case we need to have a different discussion).  In the typical social context "guilty pleasure" usually refers to something like eating a tasty food, or watching a reality TV show.  When something brings us pleasure let's enjoy the experience and be grateful for it.  No need to feel guilty.  

3. "Binge watch" – I cringe every time I hear it.  The word "binge" is thrown around carelessly in our society.  News flash – Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating disorder, and it impacts MILLIONS of people in the US alone.  BED is a serious disease that requires professional treatment.  Diminishing it by saying things like, "I binge watched an entire season of Gray's Anatomy on Netflix last night" is hurtful.  

4. "Clean eating" – Your food is not dirty, and there is no such thing as eating clean.  Can this diet trend just pass already?!

5. "Detox" – You don't need to "detox" your body.  There are no toxins built up in it.  The body detoxifies itself via your liver and kidneys.  Detox diets are a) unnecessary, b) ineffective (they don't do anything), and c) potentially harmful.  Save your money and spend it on something worthwhile!

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