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Diet Culture & Its Impact on Mental Health

WDAM recently spoke with Jessica Breland, RD, a registered dietitian with Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management, and Krystal Draughn, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker with Hattiesburg Clinic Psychology & Counseling, in a two-part interview on diet culture and mental health.

Diet culture is defined as a set of beliefs that values thinness, appearance and body shape above health and well-being, according to officials with Hattiesburg Clinic. They go on to say 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. will be impacted by an eating disorder in their lifetime, and one age group may be more susceptible.

Eating disorders usually initiate in an individuals teenage years or early 20s,” Breland said.

People with eating disorders are sort of predisposed to listening to those messages. They then, in turn, practice eating disorder behaviors,” Draughn said. “The messages themselves don’t really cause eating disorders, but they do perpetuate the ongoing eating disorder behaviors.”

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