Today, I’m chatting with Chase Sterling, a military veteran who is very active in the workplace wellness world.

She shares her personal journey through diet culture and its impact on her self-esteem and body image.

From her early exposure to diet culture and disordered eating patterns, to her experiences in the military, where she excelled in physical fitness but faced additional pressure to meet strict physical standards, Chase shares a unique perspective on the challenges faced by many in similar situations.

Together, we delve into the toxic effects of diet culture on our body image and mental health, and how the unrealistic physical expectations perpetuated by the media and society create a slippery slope towards disordered eating and body image issues.

Lastly, we discuss the importance of body autonomy, the power of aging, and the permission it grants us to care less about what others think.

By sharing her journey, Chase encourages us to question the societal norms that perpetuate diet culture, and empowers us to take control of our own well-being with a healthier, more mindful approach.

I really enjoyed this conversation with Chase and I hope you do, too!


Chase Sterling has dedicated her career to improving individual and organizational wellbeing in the workplace  With over 20 years of experience, Chase brings passion combined with evidence-based expertise.

Dedicated to the mission of improving workplaces, Chase founded Wellbeing Think Tank which provides educational events as well as mentoring and networking for wellness professionals. Additionally, Chase partners with organizations to drive employee engagement through wellbeing at HHP Cultures. She has held leadership, consultant and educator roles at a variety of organizations including Cigna, Wounded Warrior Project, Google, the YMCA, and the University of Dayton.

Chase has been published in the The American Journal of Health Promotion and serves on PAPREN, the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network Worksite work group. She holds numerous certifications including Certified Wellness Practitioner from National Wellness Institute, and is Faculty at the Wellness Council of America. Chase holds a BS in Exercise Science and Health Psychology and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology.

Chase is also a veteran having served 7 years in the Army. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.