A Short History of Diet Culture
Around 250 years ago, protestant communities in America begin to compare deprivation with morality and health. For instance, they suggested that a bland diet would help promote moral virtue, boost overall health, and suppress sexual desires. Also, colonists tried to prove that Black people, who tend to have larger bodies, were inferior by injecting the idea that thinness is better. The combination of these factors led to the thing called diet culture. Although these beliefs are untrue, they have totally shaped how we think about the body, health, and diet these days.