Fifi, which is what I call my book “Fat Is a Feminist Issue,” was in part a plea to give up dieting and learn to recognize hunger and appetite and respond to them. Dieting, I argued, caused compulsive eating and destabilizes our relationship to food.
In what way?
If you continually diet, you are putting your body in a quasi-famine situation. It slows your metabolism down and breaks the thermostat. Diets don’t work. They don’t help you understand why you’re eating more than your body wanted in the first place.
I do question whether everyone who diets was eating more than their body wanted in the first place. Oftimes overeating is a reaction to – and rebellion against – food restrictions. But “diets don’t work” is still a really useful message to get out to a wider audience, and I’m glad to see it.