TikTok's Toxic Diet Culture Needs to be Stopped

TikTok's Toxic Diet Culture Needs to be Stopped

I’ve been asked to take a look through the diet + weight loss content on TikTok so many times recently. Social media is full of scams and hearsay and I hope this video’s a little reminder to show love to anyone online who might be struggling and point them towards qualified voices: Registered Dietitians and Medical Doctors.

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My video on the science of why restrictive diets fail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTpjQs0atxs

A few of my favourite papers assessing the impact of undernutrition on health and the effectiveness of a highly restrictive diet on long term weight loss (there are lots more but I am hitting YouTube’s word limit! ☹️)
* https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325536514_Low_energy_availability_surrogates_correlate_with_health_and_performance_consequences_of_Relative_Energy_Deficiency_in_Sport
* https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2007/10000/The_Female_Athlete_Triad.26.aspx
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4951875/pdf/624.pdf
* https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/11/687
* https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/3/835
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2895000/
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2720870/
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6251190/
* https://academic.oup.com/pch/article/9/7/487/2648606
* https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6163/23c6089e51428efe02b25ea644cf7f4741d1.pdf
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207953/pdf/40618_2014_Article_169.pdf
* https://www.clinicaltherapeutics.com/article/S0149-2918(20)30052-7/pdf
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7053439/pdf/JCRPE-12-18.pdf
* https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/bjsports/52/11/687.full.pdf
* https://reader.elsevier.com/reader/sd/pii/S2468867319300458?token=16F8E25BB8AAA2D834D571A2C82FBFE491917FE486FF75380C8E44362DC7D4FFFBCF2D9AB82AE4AB1FF7C8D0EFC43602
* https://ebn.bmj.com/content/ebnurs/3/3/88.full.pdf
* https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6163/23c6089e51428efe02b25ea644cf7f4741d1.pdf
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5568065/
* https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27136388/
* https://www.dishlab.org/pubs/2013%20Compass.pdf
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12079865
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4069066/
* https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1038/oby.2006.275
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4766925/
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5756630/pdf/in_vivo-31-1047.pdf
* https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5950331_Ghrelin_obesity_and_diabetes
* https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413118301190
* https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212877815000605
* https://www.jneurosci.org/content/jneuro/30/48/16399.full.pdf
* https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1550-2783-11-7
* https://journals.physiology.org/doi/pdf/10.1152/ajpregu.00192.2009
* https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1038/oby.2012.34
* https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/D6D0B3464F524B8D29A7C6D5AFF111F0/S0007114501001234a.pdf/evidence_for_the_existence_of_adaptive_thermogenesis_during_weight_loss.pdf
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5839290/

If you’re interested in the interviews with RDs and MDs about lemon water, ACV, cayenne pepper etc below are some examples (I haven’t found any rigorously conducted and peer reviewed scientific literature into this, which says something already!)
* https://time.com/collection/guide-to-weight-loss/4701447/lemon-water-weight-loss/
* https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-eating/a22886377/lemon-water-health-benefits/
* https://www.insider.com/does-drinking-lemon-water-really-work-2018-11#myth-lemon-water-will-help-speed-up-your-weight-loss-efforts-1
* https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/diet/benefits-apple-cider-vinegar-weight-loss/
* https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/diet/benefits-apple-cider-vinegar-weight-loss/
* https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/apple-cider-vinegar-nutrition-facts-health-benefits-risks-more/
* https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/apple-cider-vinegar-diet-does-it-really-work-2018042513703
* https://www.self.com/story/diet-tips-you-should-ignore
* https://www.abbeyskitchen.com/nutrition-how-speed-your-metabolism-dietitians-review-common/
* https://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/weight-loss-myths-fad-diets-debunked/
* https://www.livestrong.com/article/452709-the-lemon-juice-cayenne-pepper-diet/

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  1. sassysamey on August 5, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    I love your videos. I just hired a nutritionist and she supported me a lot in my relationship with food

  2. bunnieislost on August 5, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    This video made me realize that a calorie deficit as low as I can possibly bear isn’t right. Thank you! I’m gonna go eat now 🙂

  3. Mic on August 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    About the first video
    My resting metabolism is 1100 kcal I work an office job and try to burn 400 kcal a day through exercise but that isn’t always possible

    We don’t know if this girl is truly eating ‘too little’ we don’t know her height and weight

  4. TheMixedBarbie on August 5, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I eat around 3000 calories a day when I eat intuitively and often feel guilty about that despite me being a healthy weight. It’s drilled into our heads that a grown woman should eat 1200-2000cals which is a laughably small amount. Can we please reject diet culture and take GENERALIZED nutrition guidelines with a grain of salt?

  5. Aliciadm on August 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Personally, I eat 1000-1100 kcal per day without trying to do a calorie deficit. Did someone have this too ? I don’t know if it’s healthy or not bc I’m not really skinny 😐

  6. memesforme on August 5, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I mean this as a compliment just in case your not a fan of her but you kind of look like Emily Blunt 🤓

  7. HiddenKitty on August 5, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    I watch this video and now I feel comfortable eating something again, I just am so tired of being fat seeing all these skiing people but this video really helped me ty

  8. Crimson on August 5, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    all and all, if you people want to lose weight learn the actual science behind how your body reacts to what you eat. from there you can focus on what you can cut out/add in to healthily lose weight. have patience.

  9. Neha Hiremath on August 5, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Honestly, let me say this out aloud. I always get inspired by you. I’m so grateful that I came across your videos a few months back. I always watch your videos when I need positive energy and healthy approach towards fitness. Sending you lots of love and wishes.

  10. A.A.A. Vernier on August 5, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Are you sure the cookie dough wasn’t the extra guac that spilled out of the burrito ? XD Nice one, we love you too ^^

  11. princess lemaster on August 5, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    I’m 16 and 348 pounds (just saying this for anyone reading) I’m trying to put my self in a calorie deficit of 1200 calories, and I’m on day 2, I’m also trying to drink more water, it’s a very slow process, this is not the first time ive tried to diet, but i think this is going to be the best one, mostly because i’m not cutting out any food, just limiting my calorie intake

  12. Nora Rose on August 5, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I love your accent😍

  13. Jenny Be on August 5, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    really appreciate you making the videos!

    trigger warning Eating disorders!

    i struggled with multiple eating disorders. it’s nothing glamorous like the tiktokers make it out to be. i passed out completely multiple times, i had phases of chronic severe headaches, i had to be hospitalized because my body was so weak, my father tried to wake me up one morning and i didn’t wake up, he thought i was dying… after all that pain, i developed binge eating and gained all the weight and more back. it’s horrible and i don’t wish that for anyone.

  14. Hello Bye on August 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    I want to see if this is healthy : This is just today . I eat different every day.
    Breakfast: oats with almond milk
    Bye: did small workout in morning
    Lunch: small quiech and plum
    Recess: mandarin, apple
    After school : some biscuits I also had a chocolate bar
    : played on trampoline for like an hour
    Dinner: nachos

    This is like the most I have ever eaten very happy with myself

  15. Mariam Lifestyle on August 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    My new favorite channel 🥰 I just love how you share facts I learned so much from your videos today

  16. Nora Rose on August 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I love your accent😍

  17. Mia Bailey on August 5, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Please make a video on coach dave

  18. Monika on August 5, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Tbh I hope this isnt saying going on a diet is offensive to fat ppl

  19. Michelle Escalante on August 5, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    8:54 bestie pulling out the scientific research 😌

  20. michelle sigurdson on August 5, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    You are amazing. Food is fuel.

  21. inlownes - on August 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Not caused by tiktok videos but I just became bulimic recently and I find it so hard. Bulimia isn’t just about vomiting everything you consume, it can also be in a way like you exercise excessively to burn all the calories. The type of bulimia that I have is an exercise bulimia wherein I would freak out and be emotional whenever I would skip a workout day. It’s worse to a point where I would literally breakdown all because I ate one block of chocolate. I know that it’s my fault for being bulimic. I was bullied severely by skinny people and it was embedded in my mind that being "skinny" and "thin" was the perfect or the superior body type. Right now I am very skinny and I became so sensitive about comments towards my body whether if the comment is good or bad. I couldn’t get over the fact that I still have slight belly rolls and slight man boobs and it’s what drives me into exercising excessively. I am still struggling with bulimia up to this day but I am trying my very best to fight it. I just hope everyone doesn’t starve and deprive themselves of food just for the sake of receiving positive remarks from other people, I kinda wish that I did too back then.

  22. Amrane Miriam on August 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I’m new here and just from looking at you I can see you’re genuinely happy with your lifestyle

  23. Aqua Gail on August 5, 2021 at 10:36 pm


  24. Natacha Océane on August 5, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    In case it helps, Britain’s NHS shares that 2,223 calories is the average estimated energy requirement for a 13 year old girl. This only increases through adolescence (it’s nearly 2,500 calories for 17 y/o girls) and bear in mind that this is assuming an average level of activity which realistically isn’t going to be that much. Growth and development have significant energy requirements and we shouldn’t just take them as assumed ♥️ I hope it helps, love ya 💛


  25. viviana on August 5, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    ive seen a lot of these types of videos, and have always wondered if i am undereating.. like i just eat when im hungry and just enough to fill me up?

    hearing about undereating made me insecure of the ammount of food im eating, but i cant eat anymore than that????? its so confusing and a bit upsetting to be honest; i didnt even want to comment but felt the need to since i feel like id get some good responses here

  26. Mark Zuckerberg on August 5, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Thank God I never install tiktok

  27. hannah miller on August 5, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Wow I think that I am always under eating but I don’t realize it because my body is so used to it. According to the research here it seems like if I eat more nutrition then I will have more energy and be less anxious because I will have enough food to fuel my brain and body. Thank you so much for this video!

  28. Charbadar C on August 5, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    If you’re fat, you eat too much and don’t do enough exercise. Facts. I used to be fat because I ate crap, didn’t exercise and made EXCUSES!!! If you’re happy being your size than videos of skinny people shouldn’t phase you. If they rule you it’s because you wish you could be that size and don’t want to put the effort in. Obesity kills far more people than E.D. Take responsibility for what you put in your mouth! Simple.

  29. Rockabilly In China on August 5, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    THIS video is amazing!! Subscribed!

    I am starting to properly recover from an ED (on and off for 10 years) and am becoming a certified personal trainer to help women like me. You are amazing and keep doing what you’re doing <3

  30. monkey.creator on August 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    This facebook group is a good place you can discuss this. here is the link> http://www.facebook.com/groups/fitness.and.nutriton/ <

  31. Captain Jack Sparrow on August 5, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I am not overweight but am very insecure because I weight the same as my friend who is very skinny and I have a little bit of a stomach. I eat healthy but have recently been skipping lunch and somtimes breakfast. I eat about 1500 calories, but I can’t stop, I’m not hungry at those times anymore

  32. Dilly 00F on August 5, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    This is the first video I have watched of you, but could you tell me some tips to lose weight. I’m young teen that just doesn’t feel comfortable in my body.

  33. L Donnell on August 5, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    *Commenting to get this video out there.*

  34. Katy P on August 5, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Arbonne is a MLM, hence the hate, lol.
    I can’t believe the stupid cayenne-lemon drink is still around. It’s been debunked a million times.

  35. star seeker on August 5, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I recognize that "Dr of Pharmacy". She’s here on youtube as well.

  36. Michelle Sherman on August 5, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    "If this did really work then it be all over the news. Not just on tiktok" THANK YOU

  37. Cordelia Martin on August 5, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    How do you do your research for things? Clearly it’s not a good idea to just test stuff based on others opinion- so how can we learn to do the proper research on things to show they are actually safe or been FDA approved, etc.

  38. Eesh on August 5, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I just had two cheat days that was intense cos of my pms and idk how to avoid this every month

  39. jamesandvicki07 on August 5, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I want to give this video a million likes. I wish that I had known this stuff when I was younger.

  40. xina.notcena on August 5, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    "this platform shows you perspective that align with what you already have, that’s what the ‘for you’ pages are for, it’s for you and not for others, you’re actually being fed by what you like, not what’s right "

  41. Holly B on August 5, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    She makes me feel safe.

  42. Tam P on August 5, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    That ACV, lemon, cayenne pepper mixture hurt my stomach just looking at it. If I drink tea in the morning it makes me sick from too much acid so that definitely would fuck me up lmao.

  43. AtoZbodyfitness on August 5, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    their issue is there are not enough educated people to be putting out content at all, to be honest. You’ll have people who do things that worked for them and tell everyone to do the same thing they did think that they will get the same results and that’s not always the case. It can be for some people but even then you might not get the exact same results. But for a lot of others, it might not work. we are all genetically different. on top of this, a lot of people putting out information, including influencers with big accounts, don’t know what they are talking about. and when they do stuff like this people, and younger kids latch on to them because they want to look like them. so not only are they getting bad information but they just become focus on looking a certain way. kids need to be focused on being kids and just eat in a healthier manner that s respective to their weight and body until they get older. But with all this being said, some people need to go on diets. they need to reduce caloric intake in order to lose weight. in a perfect world, intuitive eating could work but unfortunately, it doesn’t. and when you take into major consideration someone’s genetics, there are people out there who can get obese ALOT faster than others. while there are other people who find it harder to put on fat. it doesn’t mean they can’t gain weight, it just means their body’s genetic receptors don’t respond the same as everyone is different. so diets are needed, I don’t see an issue with dieting at all as long as they are done properly. if you diet right, then you can still have your energy levels and feel fine. it’s just not reality where people don’t diet and will lose weight.

  44. Réka Nóra Leveli on August 5, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    me watching this while im drinking lemon water 👁👄👁

  45. mugiwaranopenny on August 5, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I do really drink one lemon with half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with cayenne pepper because I just found it so tasty 😂 but it is kinda acidic, so I only do it once a week. I feel like it it does give me a lot of energy throughout the day and i don’t have this dip in the afternoon anymore, I don’t need to nap. I guess it’s probably just a placebo effect but it still helps. Do you think drinking this is really bad?

  46. hola aloh on August 5, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    This has been going on LONG before TikTok.

  47. Vidhatri Mysoor on August 5, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    The best diet is a healthy, balanced diet with a good amount of fruits, veggies, protein and fat (as well as lots of water, but not too much!)

  48. Mi-Mi Canterbury on August 5, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I have a question I am 4ft 11inches what do you suggest my daily calorie intake should be, oh and I am 41 and weigh 114 lbs and I used to be 158 and Obese now I just want to maintain my weight? Thank you 😊 💓

  49. isla rodger on August 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    whenever i struggle falling back into ed behaviours i watch this to help me stay in recovery <33 its difficult but this really helps, ily natacha

  50. Stephanie Birdsell on August 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    This kind of content is what needs to go viral! Like many others here in the comments, I was around on Tumblr during the pro ana days – when I caved and downloaded tiktok I quickly realized that it was very similar and harmful content and quickly deleted tiktok. I didn’t want to be a supporter of that in any way. I was honestly shocked that type of toxic content had made its way back onto the internet in a new and possibly more damaging delivery. I hope something changes and that other content creators can start sharing content like this, proper information with hard facts backed by evidence. Thank you!