the HAES® files: International No Diet Day

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May 6, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the first worldwide celebration of International No Diet Day (INDD) – an annual celebration of body acceptance, size diversity and awareness-raising about the harms and misleading promises from the diet industry. Including this year, there have been a total of 22 INDD celebrations, ever since Mary Evans Young started INDD in London in the spring of 1992 following two things: seeing a television program where women were having their stomachs stapled; and a young girl of 15 who committed suicide because ‘she couldn’t cope with being fat’ at a size 14 UK (size 12 US). Mary Evans Young decided that somebody had to stand up and do something — and in the absence of anybody else — she decided it would be her. So she sent out a press release entitled, “Fat Woman Bites Back” and received some media attention. She was desperate…

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