For many of us, dropping diet culture is a daunting and difficult task. It’s great to see how body positivity allows other people on Instagram to live their best lives, but when you’re trying to tackle the beast that is diet culture in your day-to-day life, sometimes anecdotal evidence is not enough.
When I started my anti-diet journey, I needed reassurance that this was right for me. I didn’t want to head down this path, only to learn later down the line that it had the same happiness success rate as a skinny tea.
I’ve compiled some of the research that helped support my view along the way. For each study, you’ll find a summary of the key points and findings. Choose a topic to find out more:
Please note: I can’t ignore the fact that, as someone with a lived experience of disordered eating and a hatred for diet culture, my process of selecting and writing up these studies is likely to be biased.
This resource is not an exhaustive and objective list of all research, it is research that I have found to be interesting or challenged normative beliefs about weight, health and wellbeing.