We’ve all heard these conversations before, at meetings, parties, and backyard barbecues: women and sometimes men nattering on about how they “really shouldn’t” before eating a cookie, or how they’re going to eat one X and start their diet after Y, otherwise they won’t be able to fit into Z.
It was just this kind of conversation, at a women’s management course of all places, which drove a British woman named Mary Evans Young to challenge the group on its “fat talk.” “What do you think would happen if you spent as much time and energy on your careers as you do on diets?” she asked the group. The response was electric. It was as if the women had been waiting for the opportunity to vent on this topic. So in 1991, Young launched International No Diet Day (INDD) in London; it has since spread around the world. Tomorrow, May 6, will be the 21st annual INDD, a day set aside to focus on healthy lifestyles and the futility and dangers of dieting.