Why New Year Diet Culture is Killing Us

CW: negative body image, eating disorders.

The subjective idea of ‘the perfect body’ is a desire that has been killing us for centuries. It allows companies to profit off insecurities by promoting the idea that you will only be ‘pretty’ once you fit into societies conventions of being ‘skinny’. These entrenched ideas have no positives – instead they serve to kill us and perpetuate negativity. These ideals promote eating disorders and insecurity, and these can have serious consequences. So why do we still allow these obsessions to control us?

It’s New Years, you are waiting eagerly in front of the TV, waiting for the moment that Big Ben announces it’s midnight, so you can dance and finally pop open that bottle of champagne that you’ve been saving since Christmas. It’s a special occasion, so why not? You deserve it.

You’re celebrating for one last time, because you know when you wake up in the morning you will a) be bedridden by an excruciating hang over or b) be making New Year’s resolutions that you know, will only bring negativity into your year, not positivity. Like many others in the New Year, weight loss will be a priority. However, unless you know that these resolutions will make you happy why should you adopt them? If you know that losing weight will make you happy, you do you! However, this is not the case for many people, who are doing it simply to fit in to society’s boundaries.

Your happiness however, is boundless. And should not be defined by your weight. In the New Year you should remember that the most important thing is your happiness, not the way you look or what other people think about you.

This time round, try and focus your resolutions on your own happiness – or scrap the idea entirely. Focus more on the things that make you happy. You are not defined by your weight. You deserve better than to be focusing your energy into an activity that doesn’t bring you joy.

Loving yourself is difficult. But doing so is the best feeling of them all.

Image courtesy of Bill Oxford.

Categories: Health, Lifestyle, Opinion, Uncategorized

Ruby Wood

English literature student, makes cocktails for a living and writes passionately
twitter;@thisisnotruby

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