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Volume 3, Number 1 - May 1996
INTERNATIONAL NO-DIET DAY
by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter
Well, here we are celebrating the fourth annual International No-Diet Day. How are we doing? It seems to us that the general consciousness about the ineffectiveness of diets is quite high. True, endless magazine and newspaper articles continue to publicize the latest/oldest magic tips—have you noticed that protein is making a comeback along with crinolines—but don't you think that, on some level, everybody gets it that dieting and binging are related? Weight Watchers™ has even institutionalized the diet/binge cycle—"Take the weekends off!" We're suggesting that it's no longer radical to say that dieting is a hopeless endeavor or, at the very least, a lifetime occupation. When it comes to body hatred in women, however, we're discovering that the resistance to even talking about it much less overcoming it is even more entrenched than we'd imagined.
Speak Up and Speak Out!
I'd like to share a story about good caretaking. Over the course of several years, I have become a passionate ballet fan, and I attend many performances at one particular theater in Lincoln Center, the New York State Theater. I routinely spend a considerable amount of money on tickets and had just unwittingly subscribed to four performances which turned out to be in very tight seats.
INTERNATIONAL NO-DIET DAY, 1996
Carol Coven Grannick and Judith Matz
Directors, Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating
May 6th marked the fourth annual International No-Diet Day, celebrated by groups and individuals all over the world. The purpose of this day is to draw attention to the dangers of dieting and promote size diversity and natural eating. International No-Diet Day also provides an opportunity for people who are already part of the movement to come together and have some fun. We would like to share our plans for International No-Diet Day 1996 and offer some ideas that can be used any day!