International No Diet Day began with a woman who decided to fight back.
British feminist Mary Evans Young battled anorexia, body image issues, and bullying for years. In 1992, after seeing other women suffer a similar fate, she took action. Young invited her friends to wear “Ditch That Diet” stickers and fully embrace their bodies for a day.
She had no idea it would spark a global movement. On May 6, we put away our scales, wear our light blue ribbons, and simply enjoy who we are.
International No Diet Day Activities
Food is one of life's greatest pleasures, and even more so if consumed in good company. Indulge in your favorite food with a friend — mindfully. Enjoy the taste and the fellowship.
International No Diet Day aims to end fat shaming and weight discrimination. Contribute by starting with the "person in the mirror." Looking yourself square in the eye, declare this day free of diets, weight obsession, and negative body image. oday, you love your body, and you intend to spread that sentiment to everyone else.
No matter where you are — the office, at school, on the train, out with friends, or at home — blast Meaghan Trainor's body- positive song "All About That Bass." Then dance!
Why We Love International No Diet Day
Dieting doesn't always work
Nutritionists report people who typically complete weight loss programs lose 10% of their body weight, only to gain two-thirds of it back within a year. They tend to gain almost all of it back within five years.
Our bodies know what we need
By stepping away from diets for a day, we can allow our bodies to take the wheel and listen closely to what they tell us. Our bodies were made to sustain us — they know best.
Diets are distracting
Young felt inspired to establish the holiday after overhearing coworkers debate whether or not to eat a cookie at the office. She approached them and famously said, "What do you think would happen if you spent as much time and energy on your careers as you do on diets?"