There have been a number of comments left on the posts regarding the LighterLife debate, which I was going to make a full response to. However, while I want to thank everyone who offered reasoned and non-aggressive involvement for their input, I have decided to leave things where they rather than give further address to some of the more personal and attacking remarks. I have therefore also closed the option for any other comments to be left.
I wanted to clarify again that the main aim of this site, throughout its existence since 1st September 2006, has been to record my personal journey to a diet-free existence. I know that I'm now a happier, healthier person as a result of this, as well as being able to stay with my goals to 'ditch the diet'.
Learning about intuitive-eating and the research behind whether dieting works, as well as being in contact more and more with women who have eating disorders, has led me to increasingly oppose dieting and the incredible strong-hold that the weight loss industry has over consumer culture, the media, public health messages and our popular belief systems about overeating and weight gain and loss.
When I hear stories related to dieting or the weight loss industry that cause me to have great concern for the health of others, such as the BBC LighterLife report, I bring attention to those and express my concerns within this blog. I think this makes me someone who cares and is passionate about what she believes in, rather than a 'damaging individual' as one commentator, Paula Balfour, tried to suggest.
I believe women should have alternatives to dieting. I believe that most women who start a diet will find that they are then dieting all their life unless they make a conscious effort to get off the treadmill. I believe that yo-yo dieting especially is harmful to our bodies (and there is plenty of research to back this up). I believe that dieting gives you an unhealthy obsession with food, and I believe that very-low calorie diets are extreme, and will for the most part, do more harm than good. I'm not quite sure how any of these beliefs makes me a bad person?
We are all different people and have different views, and one of the Beyond Chocolate principles is Be Your Own Guru (know what works for you and only you, trust yourself). Even those have rejected dieting will have different ideas about intuitive eating and what that means - but we can all offer our different views with respect for that difference, surely?
If you find any of this extremely difficult to read, for whatever reason, then I would suggest you challenge what is going on inside yourself to bring up such strong feelings.
Although comments are closed, if you want to read the LighterLife posts and comments, you can find them here: