ETR 179: Why Diet Culture & the BMI are Racist – with Natasha Ngindi

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In this episode of Eat the Rules, I’m interviewing Natasha Ngindi, non-diet nutritionist, body image activist, Zumba instructor, and entrepreneur.

We talk about the BMI and diet-culture’s roots in anti-Blackness, and how to show compassion to yourself when it comes to food.

In This Episode, We Chat About

  • How Natasha’s body image shifted after moving to Canada from South Africa,
  • How she discovered Intuitive Eating and found freedom with food and her body,
  • The challenge of shifting her body image to align with her new-found values,
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people during this journey,
  • How Euro-ethnic beauty standards influenced Natasha’s body image from a young age,
  • The creation of the BMI and why it is a racially biased metric,
  • Tips on how to decline being weighed at doctor’s visits,
  • The history of body image and diet culture and its roots in anti-Blackness,
  • Her work as a non-diet nutritionist and what that means,
  • The importance of being non-judgemental and having self-compassion when it comes to food,
  • Feeding yourself from all the food groups,
  • Detaching the desire for weight loss from joyful movement,
  • Plus so much more!

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