What’s on your plate? Overcoming dietary judgment.

Many of us are becoming increasingly interested in knowing as much as we can about what is in our food. We are becoming educated about where our food comes from, how it’s grown and cultivated, and how it affects our bodies. Talk to any one person and you’re bound to find that the way they think about food varies from your own perspective. There isn’t one way to eat healthy. Some people opt for a vegetarian diet, others give up animal products all together and become vegans. Still others will eat chicken but not pork, or beef. The configurations are endless and people have different reasons for eating the way they do.

One of the downsides of this food awareness is dietary judgment. Some people think they are experts on what everybody else should be eating and will gleefully shame anybody who is not eating “right”. I think that regardless of any good intentions that these people have they are engaging in concern trolling. When somebody is concern trolling they use the guise of being concerned about the wellbeing of another person to shame them and be harmful to them.

I think it’s great when people find something that works for them, makes them feel better and empowers them. I have friends who follow various diets and from what I can tell they are happy, healthy, and at peace with their choices. I am nothing but happy for them. I like seeing people that I care about taking care of themselves and making choices that change their lives for the better. What I don’t have is the inclination to question their choices. If somebody wants your opinion about something they will ask you for it. Barring that you are just giving unwelcome and unsolicited advice.

But back to what’s on your plate, should anybody have the right to judge? My answers is a firm no.




  1. I’m more familiar with body shaming than food shaming, although there is some connection. We all have one life to live, unless you are a cat, and we should live our lives as we please as long as we don’t harm others. There is the word “Akrasia” where people act against their own better judgement. We all know that smoking and eating donuts all day is not good for our health, but it’s our business and nobody has the right to shame us for smoking or eating supposedly uhealthy. So, yes to no one having the right to judge others for their dietry choices. Unless we are dealing with young children who are still unware about healty food and we might want to inform them, not judge them, about heatly choices. But you can’t judge adults, because they already know and it’s their lives to make the choices.

    1. I see it often, whether it’s someone telling a vegan they aren’t getting enough protein, to veggies telling people they are wrong for eating meat. Our diets are our own. Acting against what others think would be better judgment is a matter of perspective and we all do it at some point.

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