68 percent of Americans have dieted at some point in their lives. But upwards of 90% of people who intentionally lose weight gain it back within five years. And as many as 66% of people who embark on weight-loss efforts end up gaining more weight than they lost. If dieting is so clearly ineffective, why are we so obsessed with it?
The culprit is diet culture, a system of beliefs that equates thinness to health and moral virtue, promotes weight loss as a means of attaining higher status, and demonizes certain ways of eating while elevating others. It's sexist, racist, and classist, yet this way of thinking about food and bodies is so embedded in the fabric of our society that it can be hard to recognize. It masquerades as health, wellness, and fitness, and for some, it is all-consuming.
In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health, and happiness. It will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it's infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognize it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat "perfectly" actually helps to improve people's health no matter their size. Drawing on scientific research, personal experience, and stories from patients and colleagues, Anti-Diet provides a radical alternative to diet culture, and helps readers reclaim their bodies, minds, and lives so they can focus on the things that truly matter.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part I The Life Thief 15
Chapter 1 The Roots of Diet Culture 17
Chapter 2 A Diet by Another Name 50
Chapter 3 How Diet Culture Steals Your Time 82
Chapter 4 How Diet Culture Steals Your Money 113
Chapter 5 How Diet Culture Steals Your Well-Being 134
Chapter 6 How Diet Culture Steals Your Happiness 163
Part II Life Beyond Diet Culture 183
Chapter 7 Enough Is Enough 185
Chapter 8 Reclaim Your Right to Eat Intuitively 203
Chapter 9 Stop Labeling Food as Good or Bad 222
Chapter 10 Health at Every Size-and Body Liberation 243
Chapter 11 The Power of Community 266