Update: Ha! Fillyjonk and I posted at the same time.
Duh, I completely forgot it was International No Diet Day until I saw the other fatosphere posts about it. (Which is especially stupid because, if all goes well, The Rotund, our editor, and I are hoping to bring our book out on International No Diet Day, 2009.)
Founded by Mary Evans Young in 1992, International No Diet Day is a day to “declare a personal one-day moratorium on dieting.”
If you need some extra motivation to reject the dieting culture and the pressure to be thin, check out the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination’s facts and figures page, including these gems:
Seventy percent of normal weight girls in high school feel fat and are on a diet. Ferron, C. “Body Image in adolescence in cross-cultural research” Adolescence 32 (1997), pp. 735-745.
Over half of the females studied between ages eighteen and twenty-five would prefer to be run over by a truck than to be fat, and two-thirds would choose to be mean or stupid rather than fat. Gaesser, Glenn A., PhD. Big Fat Lies: The truth about your weight and your health. Gurze Books, 2001.
A survey of college students found that they would prefer to marry an embezzler, drug user, shoplifter, or blind person than someone who is fat.* Gaesser, Glenn A., PhD. Big Fat Lies: The truth about your weight and your health. Gurze Books, 2001.
Up to thirty-five percent of normal dieters will progress to pathological dieting and, of those, twenty to twenty-five percent will progress to partial or full-blown eating disorders. Shisslak, C.M., Crago, M., and Estes, L.S., “The spectrum of eating disturbances,” Intl Journal of Eating Disorders 18 (3) (1995) pp. 209-219.
So just for today, if not for always, take Sweet Machine’s advice and
remind yourself, even if you know it already: your body is not a sign of failure. Your body is not a punishment for your moral character. You are not lazy because you are fat. (And if you are lazy, that’s nobody’s business but your own!)
Then eat when you’re hungry. It’s okay, really.
*Note: I don’t see why marrying a blind person would be an unappealing option–except for certain practical difficulties which one assumes would be non-issues if you were in love–and I certainly don’t like the implied equivalence of a partner with disabilities and one who’s a freakin’ criminal. I’m just quoting over here.