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The wellness industry has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly in light of the health effects (both mental and physical) surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous critiques have suggested that the industry as a whole is not inclusive, and fails to acknowledge specific cultures and practices. Is the wellness industry racist?

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Yes, the wellness industry is racist because of its underlying systemic racism, lack of accessibility and acknowledgement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC).
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There is not enough education on including the culture and ethnicity of individuals into wellness initiatives

Yes, the wellness industry is racist because there is not enough education on including the culture and ethnicity of individuals into wellness initiatives. Professionals fail to receive sufficient training, and only the western view on health is considered.

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Professionals in the wellness industry do not receive sufficient training in the areas of cultural humility, and are taught that there is only a narrow margin on how to be "healthy". This fails to allow for alternative possibilities in addition to the western view of health and wellbeing. For example, dietitians are not educated on how to include and consider the culture and ethnicity of their patients into nutrition interventions.[1] Traditional ethnic dishes are not properly translated or honoured. The western view on how to be healthy is the only view considered in the wellness industry as there is no framework to include other perspectives. Consequently, BIPOC individuals are unable to receive culturally-sensitive, individualised care that accounts for their cultural traditions.

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  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/nutritionist-maya-feller-5-ways-diversify-wellness-industry-ncna1232046
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