By Megan Samuels, MSW, LMSW, Outreach Coordinator
Halloween is exciting for kiddos (and adults) for many reasons, including the candy. I look forward to the Halloween themed foods, such as the donuts with sprinkles in the shapes of orange and black spiders on them. I also love the decorations and how spirited and festive people get around Halloween.
Halloween and the month of October seems to be filled with things that are “scary” or “spooky,” such as ghosts, goblins, witches, etc. What is even scarier than that you might wonder… is diet culture.
Let’s think about this. Diet culture tricks people into believing that dieting is the only way to be happy or to succeed. In reality, diet culture takes away from holidays and celebrations, including Halloween. Diet culture has truly been ruining holidays since the existence of humans.
This blog will include some ways to spot diet culture during Halloween and some tips on how to ditch diet culture and reclaim Halloween as a festive and exciting holiday!
Here are some ways that diet culture can infiltrate Halloween:
1. Limiting the amount of candy we eat on Halloween.
2. Losing weight before Halloween to look a certain way in Halloween costume.
3. People passing out food that is deemed “more healthy” than candy on Halloween.
Here are some ways that we can reclaim Halloween and ditch diet culture:
1. Distract ourselves from diet culture.
2. Educate ourselves and others.
3. Practicing an intuitive relationship with food.
Harrison C. (2019). Anti-diet: reclaim your time, money, well-being, and happiness through intuitive eating (First). Little Brown Spark.
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