TikTokers are making anti-diet 'What I Eat in a Day' videos featuring ice cream, pizza, and pasta

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TikTokers are making anti-diet 'What I Eat in a Day' videos featuring ice cream, pizza, and pasta
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  • 'What I Eat in a Day' videos are a popular trend often emphasizing "clean" eating or weight loss.
  • Recently, users have flipped the trend by enjoying foods like pizza, pasta, and dessert.
  • These videos may help counteract risk of disordered eating and diet culture, according to creators.

TikTokers are reclaiming a popular food trend on the app, clapping back against diet culture by filming themselves eating pizza, ice cream, and takeout.

"What I Eat in a Day" videos have taken off among celebrities and small-scale influencers alike, with people showcasing daily eating routines that often include conspicuously healthy food such as salads, green juice, and protein shakes.

Dietitians say that these videos, while well-meaning, can sometimes encourage disordered eating behaviors like calorie restriction and an obsession with "clean" eating, Insider's Rachel Hosie previously reported.

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Many users who follow an intuitive eating philosophy have also posted their typical meal routines, which include everything from fruit, bagels, and cookies to curries, salads, and sandwiches. Intuitive eating is an anti-diet movement that emphasizes being in tune with your body's cues for hunger and satiety.

One TikTok creator, Kailin Sarrah, told BuzzFeed News that she's struggled with disordered eating herself and now helps coach others in recovery.

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Trisha Paytas, an influencer with over six million TikTok followers, is a major participant in the anti-diet trend. Paytas has previously been outspoken about dealing with body image issues. In one video, they're enjoying Eggo waffles with syrup, Starbucks, and cheese pizza. They have also said that they follow an intuitive eating style and aren't trying to lose weight.

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In 2020, TikTokers took a more satirical approach to a popular voiceover description of common "clean eating" standbys like lemon water, almonds, and protein bars, instead showing images of decadent brunches, colossal cocktails, and French fries.

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Over the past few months, some people have used that trend to highlight disordered eating issues, sharing their experiences recovering from anorexia, binge eating, or orthorexia.

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TikTokers have also pointed out the double standard in "What I Eat in a Day" videos for people in larger bodies. One user said that she's fielded criticism for eating foods that are considered acceptable for thin-appearing people, such as coffee drinks, eggs, granola bars, and fruit.

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