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Anti-diet : reclaim your time, money, well-being, and happiness through intuitive eating
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326 pages ; 24 cm

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Reclaim your time, money, health, and happiness from our toxic diet culture with groundbreaking strategies from a registered dietitian, journalist, and host of the "Food Psych" podcast.

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.

Author Notes

Christy Harrison, MPH, RD , is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and journalist who writes about food and nutrition. She is the founder and host of the Food Psych podcast, which has helped tens of thousands of people around the world stop dieting, recover from disordered eating, and develop happier and healthier relationships with food. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times , SELF , BuzzFeed , Refinery29 , Gourmet , Slate , the Food Network , and many other publications, and her work is regularly featured in national print and broadcast media.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Nutritionist Harrison, host of the podcast Food Psych, debuts with this impassioned and articulate plea for readers to reject "diet culture" and reclaim their lives. In Part One, Harrison, who specializes in treating eating disorders and once suffered from one herself, reveals how "diet culture" steals one's time, money, and well-being. In Part Two, she promotes the concept of eating "intuitively" (basically, whatever one desires when hungry) and of "health at every size" (slim people, she notes, are not necessarily healthier). Harrison cites research supporting her claim that diets don't work, confirming that the vast majority of those following restrictive regimens gain back the weight they've lost--and then some--within five years. In addition, she argues that chronic diseases, such as various cardiovascular ones, often blamed on "the obesity epidemic" (another fabrication, she charges) are actually linked to weight cycling and yo-yo dieting. Harrison delves into how diet culture developed, pinning much of the blame on big pharma and the diet-food industry. A "fatphobic" and "food phobic" culture, she concludes, has done more harm than good, stigmatizing larger-bodied individuals in the eyes of others and themselves. Harrison's enlightening, heretical tract provides a new perspective on the dieting narrative which many take as gospel truth. (Jan.)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Part I The Life Thiefp. 15
Chapter 1 The Roots of Diet Culturep. 17
Chapter 2 A Diet by Another Namep. 50
Chapter 3 How Diet Culture Steals Your Timep. 82
Chapter 4 How Diet Culture Steals Your Moneyp. 113
Chapter 5 How Diet Culture Steals Your Well-Beingp. 134
Chapter 6 How Diet Culture Steals Your Happinessp. 163
Part II Life Beyond Diet Culturep. 183
Chapter 7 Enough Is Enoughp. 185
Chapter 8 Reclaim Your Right to Eat Intuitivelyp. 203
Chapter 9 Stop Labeling Food as Good or Badp. 222
Chapter 10 Health at Every Size-and Body Liberationp. 243
Chapter 11 The Power of Communityp. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 287
Resourcesp. 291
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 311