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A how-to guide to reclaiming your time, money, health and happiness in our toxic diet culture. 

In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-pound industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health and happiness. It will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it's infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognise it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat 'perfectly' actually helps to improve people's health - no matter their size.   

Drawing on scientific research, personal experience and stories from patients and colleagues, Anti-Diet provides a radical alternative to diet culture and helps listeners reclaim their bodies, minds and lives so they can focus on the things that truly matter.

©2019 Christy Harrison (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Ideology trumps over science

I got increasingly annoyed reading this book as it seems to be highly politicised. The fat are now to be viewed as the latest intersection category of identity politics and the book explicitly puts fat, trans and a person of colour at the apex of victimhood which I imagine might seem patronising to such a person. Calorie controlled diets usually fail and we live in a culture where fat shaming is widespread. Whilst I'd agree with the twin premise of this book, I strongly disagree with the ideology that overlays this. It is not factual to say that 'living in a larger body' only results in harm because those who do so are oppressed and depressed or stressed by 'diet culture'; obesity is a downstream effect of a metabolic disorder in most cases so whilst it is wrong to say fat people are greedy or lazy, it is legitimate to be concerned about the health of someone who is obese (a medical term). Pehaps this book will make a person who feels oppressed by diet culture feel better but there is a valid reason for the stigma of being obese. Facts should trump feelings. Yes to F your beauty standards then but No to Healthy At Any Size (not possible beyond youth). We can't conflate a beauty standard which is objective with a health standard which is based on medical facts around heavier people. Yes there is an industry that promotes weight loss products, gyms and special foods but this reflects a scientific consensus that being obese is strongly associated with disease risk and early death. Not the other way around. Giving people permission to eat 'intuitively' in a food culture full of processed foods that are designed to be more compelling than real food, seems dangerous and yes I got the point that Real Food is just another version of diet culture but disagree. I totally agree that calorie controlled diets are pointless but putting yourself into a cultish bubble with its own language and overlaying it with a victim mentality won't help people who get sore knees, diabetes or heart failure in their middle years.

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Good but not great

This book is good enough, although it really just goes over old ground covered by previous books on the subject, and doesn’t add anything new. I could have done without the constant “quote unquote”, which was irritating. It was interesting to listen to this during the lockdown, where for the first time for many of us in the UK we are experiencing what food scarcity fears feel like. I am definitely eating much more, which I attributed to stress, but on reflection is definitely due to the restriction on food choices, variety, and fears over restocking. Makes me feel ashamed of having had so much, when around the world people battle with food scarcity constantly. We are so over privileged. If I want a treat, I can drive to the store and choose from hundreds of items, in as much quantity as I want. Usually. Now, things are a little different, and it’s for sure having an impact. Good to see that acknowledged on the authors Instagram page.

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incredible, a must read

I can't rate this book highly enough, a clear, comprehensive and compelling expose of the harm of diets, dieting and diet culture. Life-changing.

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Life changing

Very informative and a great help if you are trying to move away from diet culture.

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Uninspiring

Obesity is not linked to earlier death or disease - right, I don’t think any medical professional would agree. I was looking for a book that would help me to be healthy without dieting but this book doesn’t do that. I don’t agree that you can be healthy at any weight.

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No PDF?

Good book. Ok and well read but a pdf is talked about all the way through and there is no pdf to download? Please can this be rectified, thank you.

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Essential reading for everyone

A comprehensive dismantling of the diet and wellbeing industry and diet culture. A must ready for anyone who has ever struggled with their weight, body image, yo yo dieting, self esteem, disordered eating, etc. A well written, well researched and interesting history of humanity's relationship with food, diet trends, and the detrimental effects of dieting on physical and emotional health. If this was on the high school curriculum, I wonder how many young men and women would grow up with better body image, improved mental health and a more peaceful relationship with food.

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Must read.

Dismantles the diet industry, rightly so. Bursting with info and truths. Every person who has considered a diet, read this.

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ground breaking book

Everyone needs to read/ listen to this book. I will be listening over and over until it's contents have really sunk in. so good to get the facts and research on diets and how they really just mess everyone's lives up. thank you Christy!!

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An important book

As a man struggling with my weight my entire life I needed this book. Essential for anyone who is frustrated with dieting, weight cycling and the time you waste worrying about your weight. Well done.

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  • 21-01-20

Game Changer

I’ve recently started seeing a dietitian for what I thought, was a problem I have with emotional eating! Wrong! After reading this book (recommended by my dietitian) I’ve realised that what I thought were my issues with emotional eating and binge eating, are actually issues as a result of restriction throughout the day. I absolutely loved the book and all of the research and evidence that Kristy shares. Highly recommend!

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  • 07-01-20

Perfection!

Best book I've ever purchased!!! Intelligent, informative, perfectly written and spoken, literally life changing! Thank you Christy Harrison!