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Celebrating International No Diet Day is part of a larger
awareness effort, not just about eating disorders, but to promote
normal eating and healthy lifestyles
We've all heard the conversations before. At meetings, parties, and
backyard barbecues. Women, and sometimes men, chatting about how they
really shouldn't eat this or that, before plunging into the huge slice
of chocolate cake.
It was a conversation just like this back in 1991 that gave British
woman Mary Evans Young fire in the belly to challenge group "fat talk."
She asked some women what they thought would happen if they spent as
much time and energy on their careers as they did thinking about, but
not necessary acting on, their diets. The response was electric. It
was as though the women had been waiting for the opportunity to go
easier on themselves and let go of diet obsessions.
So Young launched International
No Diet Day (INDD) in London – a movement that has since gained
gastronomic credibility around the world.
In Australia, International No Diet Day on 6 May has been adopted as
a day to focus on healthy lifestyles and the futility and health
dangers of fad dieting. Lots of workplaces, groups and student bodies
celebrate the day with a consciousness-raising event and a good scoff
on healthy food.
So, on No Diet Day we are asked to:
But why has this obsession about weight and body image reached such
plague proportions? It's not only women and young girls who are
concerned about weight and body image, but men and boys too. Let's
look at a few stats and trends.
Celebrating International No Diet Day is part of a larger awareness
effort, not just about eating disorders, but to promote normal eating
and healthy lifestyles. The slogan is ‘Diets Don't Work, Healthy
So how do you have a healthy balanced lifestyle without obsessing
about food? There are some great government-backed resources available
which aren't trying to sell you anything, except the health message.
So, there you have it. Over to you…