This article by novelist Jessica Knoll on The New York Times distills the harmful messages of the wellness industry with such clarity and eloquence. How do we stop the cycle of women hating their bodies, masquerading as health? Some choice quotes:
'But at its core, “wellness” is about weight loss. It demonizes calorically dense and delicious foods, preserving a vicious fallacy: Thin is healthy and healthy is thin.'
'I no longer define food as whole or clean or sinful or a cheat. It has no moral value. Neither should my weight, though I’m still trying to separate my worth from my appearance.'
'The wellness industry is the diet industry, and the diet industry is a function of the patriarchal beauty standard under which women either punish themselves to become smaller or are punished for failing to comply, and the stress of this hurts our health too.'
Read the entire article here.
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