Anti-Diet Day is taking place for the 21st time. It was brought into being by a British feminist to protest against the slimming craze.
Every day, the media is full of photos of skinny models and diet guides that go with them. “Slim is beautiful” is the popular opinion. Around 20 million people in Germany want to lose weight every year with the help of a diet. But the ideal of beauty that many chase after is often incompatible with a healthy lifestyle. In 1992, the British author and feminist Mary Evans Young launched Anti-Diet Day. This day is used as an opportunity to point out the health risks that can arise from incorrect weight loss and to declare war on eating disorders. A study by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed that almost a quarter of Germans are now obese, i.e. have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. But even if many Germans urgently need to lose weight, diets are apparently only the most suitable method for permanently reducing weight. As a survey by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) with more than 2,000 women showed, very few were able to maintain their weight after dieting. After a year, 50 percent of women were just as heavy as before the diet, and 23 percent had even more bacon on their ribs than before. Only 27 percent of the women still weighed less a year later than before the slimming diet. It is actually no secret how long-term successful weight loss works: “Change in diet instead of diet” is the motto. In any case, the anti-diet day is a good occasion to rethink your own ideal of beauty and not fall into the madness of anorexia.