Over the weekend, Demi Lovato called out an L.A. froyo shop for showcasing "sugar-free cookies" at their store. She grew frustrated with the shop, and called them out on Instagram Stories.
Lovato has officially coined the hashtag "dietculturevultures" as an attempt to call out brands and companies that enable "disordered eating."
While I think it's great that Demi Lovato is encouraging body-positivity and free will, she is starting to go a little bit overboard.
While sugar-free cookies are sometimes used as a treat alternative for those who are dieting, they are the only alternative for diabetics. As for other diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and others, these are more about lifestyle wellness and keeping autoimmune disease in check.
Speaking as someone who was diagnosed with autoimmune disease Celiac Disease over 11 years ago, I have no choice but to have gluten free foods. This is for life. Have people gone gluten free as a means to lose weight? Yes, and this is why us Celiacs are never taken seriously. This is not a weight loss program for us. This is our food plan for the rest of our lives, or until a cure is found. If we indulge in "regular" food, we put our bodies in a life-threatening situation. People have died from Celiac Disease (look up Kid Rock's late-friend Joe C).
As for vegans and vegetarians, individuals in these communities have strong feelings about using animals as a food product. Don't shame them for loving our furry and scaly friends.
Demi, not everything is diet culture. By singling out sugar-free cookies in a froyo shop, you are spitting on diabetics who like to indulge in those cookies. I'm a fan of yours, but I cannot stand behind you on this one. You went too far. You need to research and do better, before you single out foods that are SOMETIMES considered "diet food."
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