The television show Revenge Body is contributing to the toxic message that smaller bodies are superior to larger bodies, and that in order to get over a break up, you need to get back at your ex by losing weight. This is not a healthy way to move on, or to adopt new eating and exercise habits.
Season 2 of Revenge Body is underway; a reality television show starring Khloe Kardashian with the premise that after a breakup, the ultimate revenge to your ex, is weight loss.
I have some serious reservations about this kind of messaging.
Revenge is defined as a way to avenge (oneself or another) usually by retaliating in kind or degree, or to inflict injury in return for something (i.e. an insult).
This show implies we should get back at those who wronged us by becoming better versions of ourselves. A very romantic idea (whether or not that actually works or is true I don’t get into in this article). Unfortunately, this television show suggests participants utilize anger, bitterness, and revenge in order to achieve a better more confidence version of themselves (*sigh* weight loss).
Revenge Body is a great example of diet culture disguised as “wellness”, a sneaky method too many people fall for.
This show, as well as diet culture more generally, implies that skinny people are worth more than fat people.
You want to have a more nutritious diet? Want to move your body more? Excellent! However, the motivation source we draw upon for starting these movements is important. Your motivation for change is a strong predictor for how long you will adhere to these changes.
I’m just your friendly neighbourhood dietitian trying to remind you that health and wellbeing and weight loss are not the same. Diet culture is sneaky, and motivation matters. Free yourself from this toxic messaging.