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Food bullying

 1411_Food-bullying_01  Have you heard of food bullying before? I guess you have not. Yes, food bullying is an idea that I have had for a long time. It is an uneasiness that one has when being unwillingly forced to eat. It is the mockery that one receives when trying out a new diet. It is a form of bullying.

   I am an avid Atkins diet advocate –not so much as parading around holding signs that describe the benefits of the Atkins diet, but more like a person who really sticks to its rules of consuming meals that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. I have been implementing the Atkins diet for two years now. It is kind of like my Kabala. There have been occasions when I was hanging out with my friends and they jokingly forced me to swallow a bowl of mac & cheese after making snarky comments about the Atkins diet.

   Dieters definitely do not go on a certain diet feeling uber-excited about that restraining order from a certain type of food: whether to keep a distance from Gluten or to diminishing the consumption of carbs. Dieting itself is a challenge and what makes it more challenging is that a lot of people do not take others’diets with the seriousness that they have for the other issue. So many people are struggling with body image. The nonchalant attitude people have towards food bullying is underestimated.

   People now are on tons of different diets: Atkins, Carb Cycling, Paleolithic, the Gwyneth Paltrow detoxing diet – you name it. The purpose of this article is to bring awareness. As any human being who has ever stood on a scale should feel compassionate about other people’s diet rule; I am not asking you to pay for your friend’s wholesome food bill or liposuction. Paying someone a basic amount of respect for what they eat is effortless; you don’t pick your friend’s dumbbell for him/her. It is just an art of not-forcing and respect.

 

By Jamin Lin