Today is International No Diet Day. To celebrate, I’m reposting last year’s piece on everything from the cons of dieting to my experiences with dieting to how you can spend the day. I hope you find it helpful, and celebrate along with me!
Dieting is not only unhealthy, but it makes us deeply distrust ourselves. Which I think is one of the saddest consequences.
That’s why I’m thrilled to highlight International No Diet Day – which is today! It was started in 1992 by Mary Evans Young in England. And now is celebrated all over the world.
Sharon Haywood, co-editor of Adios Barbie, has a fantastic post on the site about this day. It gives readers more details about the day and what it means – and why dieting is damaging.
Since 1992, May 6th has been designated International No Diet Day (INDD). This body-loving campaign is associated with combating eating disorders and honoring the people who have suffered because of one. For this day, we can thank Mary Evans Young, a UK feminist, the founder of the British anti-diet movement, Diet Breakers, and author of the best-selling book, Diet Breaking: Having It All Without Having To Diet (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995). She started INDD after recovering from anorexia, although the day isn’t just about eating disorders. This movement draws attention to the fact that a great many of us suffer from disordered thinking regarding food and our bodies, not just those afflicted with anorexia and bulimia.
INDD is more about not depriving yourself for a 24-hour period. It beckons you to make peace with your body and your relationship with food. And not only for your mental health. Various studies show that yo-yo dieting has been found to be damaging to one’s physical health in conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and clogged arteries. What’s more is that investigators have evidence that illustrate a significant correlation between thinness and shorter lives.
Interesting how we rarely hear about this research. How we rarely hear that dieting has a failure rate of about 98 percent. That people tend to gain the weight back and …