When I feel anger and excitement light up both my heart and mind, I know I’m onto something worthy of conversation. “Smash the Wellness Industry” by New York Times columnist Jessica Knoll did not strike me as an appealing read since I had just launched a blog called ”Beauty, Grace, and Power”. An article about the downfall of the wellness industry seemed counterproductive to my life long business, but my boyfriend sent me the read after our early morning conversation about a weight obsession I developed in middle school, and I felt obligated to give it my attention. As I started to track Ms. Knoll’s experience, I found myself smiling, then drinking in every word, highlighting her phrases and saying out loud, “This is awesome!” I hope you find something valuable in it for yourself, too.
The wellness industry is the diet industry, and the diet industry is a function of the patriarchal beauty standard under which women either punish themselves to become smaller or are punished for failing to comply, and the stress of this hurts our health too. I am a thin white woman, and the shame and derision I have experienced for failing to be even thinner is nothing compared with what women in less compliant bodies bear.