As a fitness professional, I spend day in and day out with the word DIET. Prior to becoming a fitness professional, I competed in physique competitions, sometimes referred to as, “the sport of dieting”. For as long as I can remember before that, I was well aware of the latest and greatest studies on how to blast fat, block fat, lean out, fit into skinny jeans, etc.

As a part of this series of podcasts for National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, I decided to cover Disordered Eating; Eating Disorders; Healing and Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food, Exercise, and Body Image; and Eating Disorders in Athletes.

I knew I would learn a great deal from each topic but this one on Eating Disorders surprised me the most. Listen as the Clinical Director of South Carolina’s only in-patient eating disorder treatment facility, Amy Gerberry talks with us about the dangers in dieting.

Did you know that 40% of 3rd graders polled have been on a diet?

Our new social normal is riddled with disordered eating and eating disorder-type behaviors.

When Amy told me that statistic my eyes filled with tears because it makes me so sad to think 8 year olds are already learning how to hate their bodies.

Listen here to learn how we can help ourselves, our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, co-workers, and very impressionable young eyes looking up to us.

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