International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. Put away your scales and form a new relationship with the person in the mirror. For so many people, and especially women, unattainable body standards and pressure have prompted eating disorders, low self-esteem, bullying, and unhealthily restrictive diets. This day encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes……. and that’s okay.
Get yourself a stack of waffles and proudly share them with the hashtag #NoDietDay.
In 1992, British feminist Mary Evans Young had enough of her battle with anorexia, bullying, and body image issues. She invited friends to “Ditch that Diet” – and it caught on massively. She worked to help people appreciate themselves for what they are and to appreciate the body they have. The global movement that it sparked has helped many individuals form a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. So today, wear a light blue ribbon and eat a cheeseburger with pride!