Our obsession with being healthy and living forever has driven us to push our bodies to the absolute limits, but still every year we’re being told how unhealthy we are as a population.
Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips, there are still so many things we get wrong about food and health.
The No Need To Diet Book explains the reasons why diets and over exercising don’t work; the problems with eating for aesthetic goals; the science behind orthorexia, food anxieties, and emotional eating, and other unhealthy habits formed by misinformation. This book will challenge our misconceptions about what is healthy, and get to the heart of it using evidence-based science.
I stand for food positivity, accurate health information that is accessible to everyone, and that doesn’t induce fear or shame.
The non-diet movement has been growing in the UK over the last few years, and it’s a movement I’m really passionate about.
There have been a couple of brilliant non-diet books out in the last few months and I think it’s great that that message is being reinforced, as that will hopefully give it more power. After tackling the wellness industry in my first book, I also wanted to take a step back and investigate the broader diet industry and our perceptions on health and nutrition.
I have firsthand experience in how much food can be part of identity, and how hard it is to change your way of eating when it ties so closely to how you define yourself.
I’ve also fallen for a lot of misinformation in the past and am constantly working to fight that. For the most part, though, this book is inspired by both my clinical work and the incredible research I’ve spent years reading.
Health is not something you can see.
Overall health means physical and social and mental health are all taken into consideration and all given equal power. Vegetables may feed my physical health, but pizza feeds my social health and chocolate my mental health, and each one of these is valid.
I think it’s also important to remember that our health is something that is primarily not within our individual control, and once we understand that it will hopefully help us be less judgemental towards others.
The media is so inconsistent with its messages about food, and social media doesn’t do anything to aid confusion.
Plus there’s a new diet book pushing a particular agenda every day. All this results in conflicting food rules and conflicting fearmongering messages about ‘bad’ foods…no wonder people are anxious and confused about food!
Where we are at, right now, is the culmination of many amazing body positivity and fat activists, researchers, and healthcare professionals shouting about diet culture over and over again.
It’s really been a snowball effect that is now loud and large enough that people are paying attention. Good. People need to pay attention.
If you could publish a message on a billboard in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, what would it say?
“Side effects of dieting include: eating disorders, muscle wasting, food anxiety, lowered metabolism, and weight regain. Maybe it’s time to try something new?”