Ditching Diet Culture…For Good

G. A. Cameron.
5 min readMar 20, 2021

Me. Age 11 on the beach with my family when someone points out that I have a belly roll. Maybe I was sitting down, in which case, that would’ve been a completely natural phenomenon unless your abs are concave. I don’t remember. All I remember is standing there in my pink two-piece bathing suit and finding something to hate about my body.

Me at age 9 in 4th grade, still believing I was a badass because I most definitely was.

I was a thin kid, muscular and strong. I beat all of my friends in almost any athletic competition and routinely won races. Hell, I even played football with the boys and held my own. The day someone I loved made me question my once capable body was the day that my love-hate relationship began with myself and with diet culture.

What is diet culture? Here is some good information from the National Eating Disorders Association. http://bit.ly/3s6aobo

I won’t bore you with statistics, but it’s important to know that excessive dieting and obsession with your weight is a legitimate eating disorder. Also, intentional weight loss (diets) often results in lowered metabolism and rebound weight gain. 80- 95% gain it back plus more. Attempts to lose weight through traditional dieting also result in mental health complications such as depression and…

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G. A. Cameron.

Editor, writer. Non fiction editor of Ray’s Road Review, published poet.