Avoiding toxic diet culture

Toxic diet culture have you feeling down in the early days of New Year's resolutions? Tune into your body's needs to break the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting and food shame.

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Are you a chronic dieter who’s tried everything from counting calories and points, cutting carbohydrates, buying shakes and pre-packaged meals, and following random advice after endlessly scrolling weight loss blogs?  Science is increasingly suggesting that these diets simply don’t work. They’re unsustainable, frustrating “quick fixes” that can create unhealthy relationships with food and end up harming your physical and mental health in the long run.


Laura Iu, Registered dietician and certified intuitive eating counselor, owner of Laura Iu Nutrition

Charlotte Markey, Psychology and health sciences professor at Rutgers University

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