What is @dietculturesucks all about?
First, the basics: My name is Naomi, and I’m a 22 year old studying politics in college. I write about my experiences with eating disorders, body acceptance, and leaving diet culture behind. I started my instagram @dietculturesucks in March of 2018 as a way to document my recovery journey and share the things I was learning along the way.
Although I was diagnosed with an eating disorder in high school, I considered myself “recovered” for about the last five years. In those years I dieted, over-exercised, struggled with binge eating and body image, and had a pretty difficult relationship with food. After being exposed to the body positive movement on instagram and reading everything I could get my hands on about intuitive eating, Health At Every Size, and diet culture, I realized that I still had a lot of work to.
But it’s hard to recover from an eating disorder in a culture that normalizes and validates disordered eating every step of the way. It’s hard to realize that you’re not really “recovered” or living your best life around food, even when you thought your issues were behind you. It’s hard to realize the solution to binge eating isn’t another diet. It’s hard to gain weight and grow out of clothes and lose your identity as the “thin” friend, or the “fit” one.
The more I learned about diet culture and wrote about my experiences in recovery, the more I realized that my weird behaviors around food, exercise, and my body were alarmingly common, and my experiences navigating recovery in a disordered world were resonating with people.
I started writing because I needed a space to articulate my fears in recovery, to vent my frustrations, and to see if others felt the same (turns out they did). Writing has always been a powerful space of healing for me, and I hope that my words can help you heal as well.