Thursday, May 6, 2010

International No-Diet Day Pledge, Goals, & Round-Up

Today is International No Diet Day. I'd never heard of it before, but I like the idea. It was started by a British Feminist named Mary Evans Young in 1992, to fight the diet industry and its negative effects on women, and to raise awareness of the dangers of eating disorders.
In a society where over 2/3 of American women are dissatisfied with their bodies, and over 50% of us are on a diet at any given time, the ever-growing diet industry takes in over $40 billion a year, despite the fact that between 90-99% of diets fail to produce permanent weight loss, 2/3 of dieters regain the weight within one year, and virtually all regain it within 5 years (and the long-term results are not much better even for those who undergo weight loss surgeries). Instead of punishing yourself and your body by buying into the diet industries negative messages towards women of all sizes, why not take a day off to:

  • Take a day off from whatever crazy diet plan you are following and instead listening to, respect, and respond to your body's unique hunger and satiety needs.
  • Celebrate the beauty and diversity of ALL our natural sizes and shapes
  • Affirm everyBODY's right to health, fitness, and emotional well-being
  • Declare a free day from diets and obsessions with body weight
  • Learn the facts about weight-loss dieting, health, and body size
  • Present the facts about the diet industry emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
  • Recognize how dieting perpetuates violence against women
  • Honor the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery
  • Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fatphobia

In honor of the day, you can wear a light blue ribbon & take the No Diet Day Pledge (from

Take the Pledge!

I Pledge:

  • That I will not diet for one day, on May 6, International No Diet Day.
  • Instead of trying to change my body to fit someone else's standards, I will accept myself just as I am.
  • I will feed myself if I'm hungry.
  • I will feel no shame or guilt about my size or about eating.
  • I will think about whether dieting has improved my health and well-being or not.
  • And I will try to do at least one thing I have been putting off "until I lose weight."


(Print out this pledge form, sign it, and post it in a place where you will see it often between now and May 6.)

Click here to download a sheet of printer-ready INDD pledge cards
in MS Word document format.
here to download a sheet of printer-ready INDD ribbon stickers
in MS Word document format.

This information is a public service of Largesse, the Network for Size Esteem [] and may be freely copied and distributed in its entirety for non-commercial use in promoting size diversity empowerment, provided this statement is included. 

For more on International No-Diet Day, check out the following posts and blogs:
(If you posted about it today, let me know, and I'll add your link.)


  1. I love this idea. What a lovely campian to help women create healthy images of our selves.

    Visiting from SITS

  2. I wish I had seen this sooner, but I love it! GREAT post. I'm stopping by from SITS, too. Found your link in one of your comments! :)


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