January 4, 2022

Diet culture may be harmful to individual dieters, if it leads to comparison and self-loathing. But society also suffers, because a hungry body can’t be as creative.

Likewise, I think it’s wrong to limit yourself to popular and “developmentally appropriate” hobbies, when your real passions might become a great souce of inner strength and a way to build true friendships. But society also suffers, because innovation is the result of diving deeper into an interest than others who came before.

If you’ve been applying a diet mindset to your hobbies, think of this as permission to plan a feast.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.