#freefromdiets campaign is so important to ensuring children develop healthy relationships with food and their bodies and I wanted to share my story. My Mum has been on diets her whole life and from a very young age I remember having to go to weight watchers with her after school (which was held at our school’s church next door). At the age of 14 I was already a member myself. Over the years I have joined weight watchers 3x and slimming world 4x - a miserable journey of yo-yo dieting! My local slimming world group is held inside a school at their netball centre and only 6 months ago when I was a member, I saw that children under 18 were members attending with their parents. I can speak from my personal experience that growing up with a diet culture ruined my relationship with food and body image and I’m only just starting to rebuild that at the age of 27. Your campaign is so inspiring - Keep up the fantastic work!
The work you so is so important!! I work as a teacher and cannot express how much influencers like yourself have helped in discussing the toxicity of diet culture with students. I feel like every teacher should know how to nurture body neutrality and positivity in schools. Backing you all the way!! Xx
Having been negatively influenced and exposed to diet culture from a very young age, resulting in my eating disorder I find this campaign is a huge relief. Knowing that people are fighting so hard to change the diet industry and how it impacts ourselves and our young people is jusy incredible.