Respect Your Body

The Religion of Dieting—How to Tolerate Friends & Evangelists of the Latest, Greatest Diet

My patients often express difficulty being around enthusiastic friends, who incessantly talk about their new weight loss diet.  The friends are usually well meaning, with no intent to harm.  Yet, this diet talk stirs up a bunch of mixed feelings, such as:

•    Envy of the quick weight loss
•    Fantasies of embarking on just one more diet—(get the weight off, and then deal with “the issues”)
•    Triggering for patients with eating disorders