Canadian influencer calls out 'dangerous' TikTok trend for promoting diet culture
Christine Laraine is calling out the "What I Eat In A Day" TikTok trend.
Last week, the body image advocate shared a powerful message with her 42,000 followers about why the social media trend is "dangerous."
In the post, Laraine wrote on-screen text that shared how the trend promotes "toxic" diet culture.
"The amount of food every individual eats and needs in a day varies considerably," penned the Vancouver-based content creator. "The wellness and fitness industry is very saturated with those who secretly struggle with eating disorders or who are in remission."
The influencer included an in-depth caption about why the trend can be "turbulent."
"I have seen many influencers share their diets. It ends up being some combination of a smoothie, small snacks, and a very large salad," she penned. "The perception of this lifestyle can be turbulent to those who struggle with eating disorders, are in remission, or feel great shame for always being hungry."
Laraine also admitted that seeing this type of content makes her feel guilty for what she eats and how it differs from other people.
The social media star concluded that while the trend seems "harmless" to some, for others it "only further validates their skewed perception" of their bodies.
"It is a tricky topic to promote, and will continue to be with eating disorders being still so prevalent," she wrote.
In the comments, fans thanked Laraine for raising awareness about an important issue.
"I agree that these posts can be triggering for many people! Thanks for this reminder," someone commented.
A fan shared: "This is such an important reminder! Everyone's body is different, so there's no sense in trying to follow someone else's unique guidebook carefully designed for their own body, not yours. Thank you for sharing!
"Completely negates the effects of genetics, access to healthcare, access to wealth and stress levels and so many other things," another person penned.
Earlier this month, the self-love advocate shared an honest message about not allowing her "insecurities" to stop her from trying a new activity.
"Golf has never felt like a sport for my body type. Or at least I have never had the confidence or felt I could look the part," she wrote after revealing she played her first game of golf.
"...For some reason, I thought that when I put on the golf clothes, I would magically appear like how I envisioned," the social media star explained. "At the start of golf, I felt very concerned about my cellulite being visible, or how my legs jiggled when I moved."
Despite this, she "had a really fun day" and was happy that she "still went."
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