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Episode #22: The Impact of Diet Culture on Mental Health and Effective Intervention Strategies

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Episode #22: The Impact of Diet Culture on Mental Health and Effective Intervention Strategies

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Episode #22: The Impact of Diet Culture on Mental Health and Effective Intervention Strategies
In this episode we discuss the Influence of Diet Culture and Weight Stigma on Mental Health. When we reflect on our culture’s obsession with diets, I think all of us have at least one or more diet trends that quickly come to mind.   For me it’s the Adkins diet, the cabbage soup diet, the bone broth diet, weight watchers.   All of those reflect a culture that potentially has a way of making us feel guilty for eating certain things or for not exercising a certain amount.  While some may have found these tactics effective, we need to explore the impact that this could have on an individual’s psych, and how to create a body-positive environment within your counseling sessions.  Today, I am so excited to introduce you to our expert Amber Rice. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, facilitator, educator, speaker, writer, and activist. Amber has been a mental health provider for over 25 years, with her roots in social work and non-profit, community-based services. Amber’s areas of specialization include trauma, disordered eating, body shame and weight bias, and her Seattle-based private practice supports clients from around the world. Her counseling framework is highly relational and informed by Social Justice, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and radical self-compassion models.  Amber is an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor and she provides clinical supervision, education, and training to other therapists on topics including countertransference, body politics, anti-fat bias and weight bias in the helping professional fields.

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze the origins of diet culture and it’s influence on society
  2. Identify how Intuitive Eating influences mental health
  3. Describe how restrictive diets can negatively influence an individual’s relationship with eating

Additional Resources

  • Body is not an apology SR Taylor
  • Fear of the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
  • Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
  • Anti Diet by Christy Harrison
  • Body Respect by Linda Bacon, Lucy Aphramor


  •, G. A. (2021). Intuitive eating as a counter-cultural process towards self-actualisation: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of experiences of learning to eat intuitively. Health Psychology Open, 8(1), 20551029211000957.
  • Faw, M. H., Davidson, K., Hogan, L., & Thomas, K. (2021). Corumination, diet culture, intuitive eating, and body dissatisfaction among young adult women. Personal Relationships.
  • Imhoff, K., Seher PhD, R. D. N., LD, C., & DeBois PhD, K. (2020). Exploring Intuitive Eating Behaviors and Attitudes among a Sample of College Students.
  • Sigman-Grant, M. (2020). Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being, and Happiness Through Intuitive Eating. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(12), 1171-1172.
  • Tribole, E., & Resch, E. (2020). Intuitive eating: A revolutionary anti-diet approach. St. Martin’s Essentials.

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