A teenage gym trainer cried over a diet recommended by her mother, and Reddit is concerned

If there’s one thing we know when we talk about our collective relationship between food and body image here, it’s that food is very personal. Each person’s relationship to it is unique, and different families and individuals will have their own relationship. And sometimes there are bumps in the road.

One teenage redder noticed some of the reaction to the food-complex posts on popular r/r/diddit.

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In the poster, the 14-year-old girl says her health experiences forced her to go on a diet to lose weight. The condition — later labeled cerberi’s tumor (or idiopathic intracranial hypertension) — occurs where too much cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the body, Johns Hopkins, and is sometimes found in overweight people. So, when faced with such a diagnosis, it’s understandable that the caregiver and family doctor would want to make dietary changes that would benefit the child’s health.

However, he “finally lost the weight” before he started high school when he saw a poster telling him to go through the third round of a “13-day extreme diet” that his mother hated. Now we’re pretty sure that a person’s body and needs aren’t something we can make public statements about as strangers, but it’s important to be critical of the notion that being thin is automatically the key to good health. The poster notes her height and weight, although we’re not so sure about our culture’s obsession with BMI, which is considered within the “normal” range. Add to that the nature of any short-term extreme diet, where “skinny” is the goal, and potential health needs are mixed in a bit to prioritize nutrition, and there’s the scourge of a diet culture that carelessly pursues thin results. about the harm of a strict diet to get there.

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As SheKnows has previously pointed out, weight loss diets often do more harm than good and are a tricky business (as opposed to long-term fixes that support overall nutrition) due to nutrient deficiencies, developing unhealthy eating habits, metabolic disorders, and regaining previously lost weight due to problems or restrictions. . And this last part, the poster also said that he was worried, noting that the “stress” of diets generally affects him. So when she saw another very limited “extreme” eating plan, she said she felt like she had no choice, and she couldn’t have a strong emotional reaction. After all, it’s understandable that teenagers have these feelings when it comes to their health, bodies, and changing lifestyles.

“Looking at the meal plan, I cried about doing it again and yelled at my parents for not being able to connect,” she wrote. “I agree to do them because they make me feel like I have no choice. I know it’s for my health and it keeps me healthy, but I hate it so much…”

Other redditors comforted her, reiterating that her weight is nothing to be ashamed of and encouraging her not to fall into a “skinny” mentality or yo-yo dieting. Again, while his health needs are individual and his own, it’s a good thing to reiterate because most people will never hear this passage in their lifetime (especially for generations that have been brainwashed by diet culture). ).

“My mom and OP seem to be similar, my mom started me on extreme diets early on,” one commenter shared. “I used to cry because I was so fat [seven] and hiding/refusing to eat around others. I feel for the OP, it’s such a horrible feeling to have an adult body at such a young age and be ashamed of it.”

While most of these threads didn’t offer much in the way of closure or comfort, the poster returned to the thread to say that she had spoken with her mother and they both agreed to consider a healthy lifestyle – improving food choices and getting more exercise – for her health and future. instead of a hyper-restrictive diet to get her body where it needs to be for surgery.

But it’s a good opportunity for adults, teens, and kids to learn that when helping them learn about the foods they need to fuel their bodies, it’s important to consider the messages they’re taking away and how it affects their longevity. – term relationships with food. Ultimately, ensuring that you decide together what your nutritional goals should be and how to maintain a positive and non-toxic relationship with our bodies.

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