The Restaurant That Burns Calories focus on earning food is dangerous for those with eating disorders, it should never have been aired
You don’t have to earn your food. I didn’t think that in the middle of a global crisis I would have to write this, but I do – and you need to hear it. You don’t have to earn your food.
On Monday night, the BBC aired a Horizon show called The Restaurant That Burns Off Calories. The premise was, simply put, that out the back of the restaurant was a gym where a group of people would show how long a person might have to exercise in order to “burn off” the calories contained in the restaurant’s dishes. There was some chat about genetics and the calories that a body burns simply by existing, but at its core was a focus on calories in, calories out. The premise was simple: earn the food you eat, and you’ll be OK.