By: Erika Escamilla

Every year at the start of January, diet companies will promote and glorify weight loss, excessive exercise, and food restrictions. They profit from the idea that people define themselves based off losing weight, promoting the idea that one’s life does not begin until they are thinner. Toxic diet culture refers to any programs that encourage extreme weight loss that requires restricting yourself, working out extensively, and profiting off your insecurities.

Diet culture leaks into our everyday lives more than we think. For example, we justify not eating all day because we did not have time, or defining…

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