Relationship with Food…
What does that even mean? If we think of the term relationship, the manner in which two or more concepts or people are connected, and we think of food, then our relationship with food must refer to the way food affects our lives – and how we can affect the food we eat.
On a basic level we all understand that the food we eat impacts our health, and from a young age are fed messages about which foods support good health and which foods detract from it. In the United States, we learn that broccoli and brussels sprouts are good and cake and cookies are not. We learn a very black and white view of food, which has not been supported by quality science, and which sets the stage for complications – anorexia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, obesity, diabetes to name a few.
I don’t believe there’s ever one person or event to blame for developing a dangerous health related disorder; I surely don’t blame anybody for mine. That being said, I think that certain messages regarding “proper nutrition” encouraged by the US government in recent years have played a strong part in facilitating the rise of adolescent eating disorders, obesity, and above all: negative relationships with food.
Let’s change that.
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and let our government know we want the 2015 dietary guidelines to be a tool for developing positive relationships with food
How We Can Stomp Out The Rise of Eating Disorder, Obesity, and Diabetes?
Both eating disorders and obesity (genetics aside) result from an unhealthy relationship with food. Generally, people begin to abuse food when feel that some other aspect of their lives is out of control; hence they take control of their intake by under-eating, overeating, binging & purging, etc. A dangerous relationship with food begins with one episode, followed by guilt, followed by some type of effort to “cleanse” the error. Sound familiar?
You eat something you wish you hadn’t and to “make up for it” you throw out all the fatty, tempting foods you own and go out and buy things like Nabisco 100 calorie packs for snacks, diet soda, sugar free gum for cravings, skim milk for your coffee, etc. We buy these things under the impression that they are healthy alternatives to full fat, non-diet products. We buy these things because our government does not want to admit it was wrong to caution against fat, or cheese, or butter, or whole milk for that matter. The reality is that restricting full fat options has directly led to the overconsumption of starches, sugars, and carbohydrates in its place.
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Take the FroYo craze, for example. In recent years many people have began replacing their ice cream sundaes with FroYo bar creations under the impression that frozen yogurt is healthier than ice cream. In reality, the frozen yogurt may have less fat but it’s only 20 calories less per serving than its ice cream equivalent and has nearly double the carbs and double the sugar. This petition can not singlehandedly fix the nutrition crisis in the United States where 86% young women report onset of eating disorder by age 20 and where adult obesity rates are projected to rise to 50 percent by 2030. What it can do is make sure that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines include scientific data, for the first time, and redefine health as wholesome not just low fat / low calorie.
It can redefine how young men and women choose how to fuel their bodies, change how they view their choices, and provide a sense of comfort and stability instead of sending confusing, ill informed information.
The 2015 Dietary guidelines are set to be released soon, so the time to check out the petition and vote to end the confusion is now. I am proud to have signed my name because I spent way too much of my life ingesting carb-heavy, chemical laden products that wrecked my digestive system and could have taken my life. I am proud to have signed because nobody should have to suffer with the stigma of an eating disorder or obesity because they were misinformed about how to eat healthy.
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