One significant misconception is that physical health is more important than mental health. Going back to the idea that dieting is rooted in a cycle of shame, common perception is that it’s more important to encourage people to eat spinach instead of a candy bar. However, that sets people up to constantly deprive themselves, stop listening to their own hunger signals and to actively pretend to be something they aren’t. The stress that causes can be just as damaging as the added sugar.
Contributor: Katie Goldberg, MCN, RDN, LDN at EKG Nutrition EKG nutrition