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I Resolve NOT to Diet

Take the No Dieting Pledge

Below is the No Dieting Pledge. If you want to take the pledge, please print, sign, and hang somewhere prominent (I suggest using the pledge to plaster over the "motivation" images currently hung on your refridgerator). To publically take the pledge, please write your name in the comment section of this post. 

In 2014, I resolve NOT to diet.  I will NOT spend my valuable time, money, and emotional resources to fund the over $60 billion weight loss industry that feeds off of my low self-worth. I will NO LONGER be convinced that I am a failure because my diet has failed me. I recognize that diets DO NOT work. The most predictable outcomes of dieting are weight gain, disordered eating, and emotional distress. I will NOT judge my self-worth by the number on a scale but by the quality of my person, the things that I do, and the way in which I live my life.

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In 2014, I WILL strive to LOVE MYSELF. I WILL strive to accept my body in its current shape and size. Because this is the body that I have right here, right now, and no amount of hating myself will change that fact. I pledge to support this body in its pursuit of health. I recognize that healthy bodies come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes. Health is NOT determined by weight, but by how we nourish our body through self-care, mindful eating, and movement. In 2014, I WILL strive to honor and care for this body that I was given to the best of my ability by listening, trusting, and respecting my body.



Alexis Conason, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in practice in New York City and a researcher at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.


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