Since this Wednesday is Independence Day, I was inspired to re-write the Declaration of Independence as a declaration to never diet again. I found it interesting that so much of the original text was appropriate for explaining why women everywhere should break their ties with dieting.
Please join us in declaring your independence from dieting. Leave your name in the comments section by 3:30 EDT on Tuesday, July 3rd, to have your “signature” added to the document and we’ll post an updated version on Independence Day.
Here is the transcription below.
Declaration of Independence from Dieting
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one woman to dissolve the emotional bands which have connected her with one diet attempt after another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, a separation from dieting to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, with respect to her body, mind, and soul that she should declare the causes which impel her and other like-minded women to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all women are unique, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure these rights, women have previously attempted diets with hopes of yielding such results. However, whenever any Form of dieting becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new way of feeding one’s self, laying its foundation on such principles as mindful eating, permission, flexibility, intuition, and the wisdom of the body and choosing foods in a way that to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate many food choices, but not all, and accordingly, past eating experiences hath shewn, that womankind are more disposed to suffer from dieting, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the restriction to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and fruitless diet attempts, pursuing invariably the same Object of a smaller body, yields the same results of frustration, demoralization, feelings of failure, guilt, and in many cases weight gain, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such restrictions, and to consider a new approach for their future health and happiness. Such has been the patient sufferance of these women who have tried diet after diet; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former relationship with food. Our history of dieting is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations of the joy and pleasure that food can provide, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over so many women. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
~ If one diet worked perfectly, there would never be the need for another, yet there are countless diet plans available.
~ Dieting, for many women, has been shown to result in weight gain over time.
~ Dieting often demonizes foods making them more appealing as forbidden fruit.
~ Dieting generates stress and feelings of failure for many.
~ Dieting is the antithesis of healthy eating.
~ Dieting results in most people regaining the weight they lost and more.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the diet-weary, in the name, and by Authority of good sense, appealing to women everywhere, solemnly publish and declare, That these women ought to be Free and Independent of ineffective and unhealthy diets; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to restriction, starvation, deprivation, guilt and the self-judgment that diets create; and that as Free and Independent women, they have full Power to decide what to eat, when to eat, and why to eat, based on their personal needs and desires, and to do all other Acts and Things which normal eaters may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the wisdom of the body, we mutually pledge to each other to never diet again.
– Robyn Priebe
– Marsha Hudnall
– Barbara Meyer
– Darla Breckenridge
– LynnAnn Covell
– Kate Nolte
– Lisa Christie
– Victoria Thayer
– Alan H. Wayler