We grow up in a culture, like a fish swimming in water, that rewards those who are thin. And if you’re thin, white and blonde too? You receive access to ALL. THE. THINGS!
In today’s episode with writer, speaker and body justice advocate, Melissa Toler breaks down diet culture so we can find our way out!
As Melissa shares in her story, if you keep thinking there has to be more to life than trying to control your body and beauty, you can opt out of diet culture and discover more truth and beauty. Melissa and I discuss:
- How the wellness world is really diet culture and diet culture mirrors patriarchy
- How weight loss is sold as empowerment while in truth, it does the opposite
- Discuss the intersection of race with diet culture and how Melissa’s acceptance of her natural hair laid the ground work for her to give up dieting
Melissa Toler is a speaker, writer, and educator. Her work encourages people to make the connection between our culture’s oppressive beauty standards and our personal struggle with self-acceptance. She has written extensively on diet culture and the toll it takes on our lives and humanity. Her goal is to help people unlearn harmful messages and behaviors from years of chronic dieting. Melissa also has a background as a pharmacist and certified wellness coach.