Over the past few weeks, I’ve been banding together with Eating Disorders experts from all over world in response to Weight Watchers announcement that they’re offering free memberships to teen in the US. I’ll have to admit, I was VERY happy to tweet my butt off in support of my US friends but was also at the same thinking “thank goodness that’s not us….” Well, today folks, news has hit the fan – it IS us. Weight Watchers Australia is playing copycat (how uncreative) in aiming to capture the teen market as part of their very strategic move to expand their market base, improve revenue and create new customers…for life. You can read more about this move from Weight Watchers and why it’s a TERRIBLE idea, in this wonderful piece from my colleague Rebecca Scritchfield. Remember when Weight Watchers went all “body positive?” Well once again, we call bullshit.
As a result of this announcement I was invited onto Melbourne drive time radio today to speak about this. I knew I would have to speak quickly – all I was thinking was “stick to your points! Don’t be thrown off!” and although I felt fine about the interview, the DJ kept asking “but what else can we doooooo?” (insert handwringing here). Diet Culture, you do suck.
In literally 2 minutes, I couldn’t possibly offer the many alternatives to dieting (yes, Weight Watchers is indeed a diet) or a summary of Health At Every Size and Non Diet Approaches, much as I wanted to. We really understand how stepping away from dieting isn’t so easy peasy but we need you to know that you have options. Please consider this nowhere near an exhaustive list but merely a “place to start.” And add an extra dose of curiosity and compassion, essential post-dieting (or even contemplating) elixirs…
Stepping away from dieting takes a lot of courage.
Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch & Evelyn Tribole
If Not Dieting Then What? by Rick Kausman
About Health At Every Size (HAES)
Fat Yoga by Sarah Harry
Embody by Connie Sobczak
Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield
FoodPsych with Christy Harrison
Love, Food with Julie Duffy Dillon
Don’t Salt My Game with Laura Thomas
All Fired Up with Louise Adams
Dietitians Unplugged with Glenys Oyston & Aaron Flores
Body Kindness with Rebecca Scritchfield
Your social media – unfollow anyone who makes you feel bad, or who supports dieting or body shaming messages.
I only follow cool people – check out my stuff @themindfuldietitian on Instagram and refresh your feed!
FB groups such as The Moderation Movement and Dare Not to Diet Society
Come along to Fat Yoga
To a Non Diet or HAES-informed Dietitian or Therapist.
You can start HERE for professionals world-wide
You have options. Dieting, counting and worrying is not part of a quality life. You deserve better. Eat foods you love, learn to trust your body again, transfer your energy into things that really matter.
Weight Watchers, time’s up. We’re outta here…..