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Diet obsession

by nina on February 9, 2011

diet obsession As I was looking for images for my latest post, I came across some disturbing sites that reminded me of our diet obsession. I must admit I have visited these sites that fuel the $68 billion diet and weight loss industry, and have had my self esteem and diet obsession smashed around with these post titles MANY times during my diet and eating disorder years.

Obsessed with Diets?

Here are a few I want to share with you:

  • How Many Calories Per Pound to Maintain Weight?
  • How Many Calories to Lose 40 Pounds?
  • How to Maintain Weight Loss After a Low Carb Diet
  • Calories Per Day Required to Maintain a Weight of 110 Lbs.
  • Calories Needed to Maintain 130 Pounds
  • 1,000 diet recipes
  • Lose 30 lbs in 30 days
  • Cut 900 calories per day
  • 7 foods for a flat belly
  • Leaner thighs in 5 minutes
  • Top 10 Fat Burning Foods
  • How Many Calories Should I Eat to Lose, Maintain or Gain Weight?
  • How to Count Calories to Maintain Weight
  • 7 Top Ways to Maintain Weight on the Zone Diet

That will be $68 billion, please. And your sanity.

It is no wonder that 25% of Americans men and 45% of American women are on a diet on any given day, when the simple facts are that they do not work. Our diet obsession is based on a fallacy and there is enough evidence to tell us that diets don’t work!

The statistics again, from respected sources:

  • Dieting has a 98% failure rate – if a medical procedure had that kind of failure rate, it would be taken off the market instantly. And yet we persist with the diet obsession.
  • 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders. (Shisslak & Crago, 1995).
  • 91% of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting, 22% dieted “often” or “always” (Kurth et al., 1995).
  • 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years (Grodstein, 1996).

These statistics are shocking, but no surprise when I see advertising like this on the street:

Diet Obsession

diet obsession

What the hell are we promoting here?

The media really needs to be more sensitive of the effects of advertising. Sure, not everyone on a diet will develop an eating disorder, but the statistics are that 20-25% of moderate dieters will.

Be the change you want to see.

Stop reading these diet obsessed sites that are just rubbish and fuelling the $68.7 billion diet industry.

Learn to trust your body when it comes to eating, it is your ticket to freedom, health, happiness and an end to diet obsession. And you don’t have to kill anyone!

Read more about:

100 Ways to Stop Obsessing About Food and Weight
Stop Dieting and Start Living

How I Have Maintained My Weight Loss for 4 Years – Without a Diet

Nina Vucetic

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Janet February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Great post! I agree we are obsessed with dieting and trying to achieve that perfect body. The diet industry has categorized everything including calories, how much you should weigh, how much time you should work out a day, what to eat and what not to eat, what looks good and what does not and on and on it goes. We have given away our power to this industry and we need to take it back. Our bodies are amazing and if we just tuned back into the natural guidance system they offer each and everyone of us, we would not have to worry about all this garbage.

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admin February 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

Hi Janet!
So true! We have completely given our power away, lost connection with out bodies and as a result are gaining more weight that ever! It is time to end the madness and realize that 98% of diets end in failure, with more weight being put on than initially lost. Not only that, the sense of failure and loss of self esteem from “failing” at diets is extremely damaging.

Nina

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