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Reclaim your time, money, health, and happiness from our toxic diet culture with groundbreaking strategies from a registered dietitian, journalist, and host of the Food Psych podcast.

Sixty-eight percent of Americans have dieted at some point in their lives. But upwards of 90 percent of people who intentionally lose weight gain it back within five years. And as many as 66 percent of people who embark on weight-loss efforts end up gaining more weight than they lost. If dieting is so clearly ineffective, why are we so obsessed with it?

The culprit is diet culture, a system of beliefs that equates thinness to health and moral virtue, promotes weight loss as a means of attaining higher status, and demonizes certain ways of eating while elevating others. It's sexist, racist, and classist, yet this way of thinking about food and bodies is so embedded in the fabric of our society that it can be hard to recognize. It masquerades as health, wellness, and fitness, and for some, it is all-consuming.

In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar 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 recognize 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Christy Harrison, MPH, RD (P)2019 Little, Brown Spark

What the critics say

"Most diet and wellness books claim to address mind, body and spirit, but in fact they are just about body. Thank goodness for Christy Harrison, whose empathetic book reveals oppressive diet culture for what it truly is, and offers a genuinely holistic alternative." (Alan Levinovitz, author of The Gluten Lie)

"VICTORY! Christy Harrison epically takes down diet culture and explains why the cards are stacked against all of us who still believe a smaller body is the only way to improve health and create a better life. Diet culture sucks, but you can take meaningful action: Read this book. Stop dieting. Start being good to yourself." (Rebecca Scritchfield RDN, author of Body Kindness)

"Please read this book! Anti-Diet is the book to end all diet books, and will be a game changer for so many people. Christy is an expert on this subject and leaves no stone unturned in exposing how insidious and harmful diet culture is - and teaching readers how to opt-out of the madness." (Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet)

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The best book about intuitive eating

This book has changed my life and my relationship with food forever. I'm in University studying nutrition and this book will shape my practice to help and not harm people like so many dietitians do unconsciously. This book is a must to understand the roots of diet culture and to recognize it in its different forms (hello, wellness diets!). Many thanks to Christy, your work is amazing and you help so many people to heal their relationship with foods.

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  • ken
  • 2020-08-02

Educational, motivational, and Quotable

I love Christy Harrison and everything she does to advocate for justice for people in all bodies.

There are so many awesome quotes from this book. I bought a print copy and will be revisiting it to highlight many of them!

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Must Read !

This book does a great job underlining the subtle ways diet culture is apart of our everyday life and why we can't escape it.
It really looks at the history, provides great insight and tools to start looking at our body and our health differently.
This should be in our history book and taught in school at a young age, great book! Must read for anyone who is fed up and wants to learn more and break free of diet culture.

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Love this book!

I love Christy's podcast and this book! They have been so helpful and inspiring for me on my journey to heal my disordered eating and reject all of the diet culture messages that we get bombarded with every day.

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Loved it!

A well-rounded look at the history of diet culture and how it shapes our lives. I highly recommend for anyone who wants to better understand diet culture and how we can begin to challenge it in our own lives.

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mind-blowing

this book changed my perspective entirely on food, health and exercise. I think everyone should read it!

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I'm out of diet jail forever!!

I have wanted to feel this free my whole life. I didn't think it could be possible but truly, I am out of diet jail.
Now I can focus on my self-care and on my dreams because I don't have to entertain food thoughts every second of the day.
I highly recommend this to everyone, no matter what level of craziness you have toward food. My hope is for the rest of our culture to get out of diet jail too and to start living our dreams no matter what we eat, what our size and no matter what our weight.
I'm so grateful.

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a must listen

informative and motivational. easy to listen to and read by the author.
I would recommend this book to any person stuck in diet culture or any person that struggles "to lose weight". it's an eye opener and can change your life leading you to better health, better happiness and relationships with yourself and those around you.

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Too extremist for me

I was looking for something good about intuitive eating but I found an author promoting unhealthy habits like eat everything, even if you are allergic!
I didn’t like this book at all. A bit too much for me! I struggled a lot finishing it.

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Amazing

This was a required reading for a university course and I absolutely loved it! It was great to listen and hear Christy read it herself, too. I’m really glad I had the chance to read this book as a young adult so that I can take the necessary steps to ensure diet culture does not steal anymore of my money, time, and life!

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  • Erin D.
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Love the author/narrator. She has a great, smooth, comforting, eloquent voice. I love the underlying concept, which parallels the book I read first, which I loved "The F*ck It Diet" (Caroline Dooner) of letting go of diet culture. I just felt that with this book, I was waiting for the more specific point. There's a fair bit of science references, which after a while was sort of repetitive. She refers to some patients' experiences, again repetitive. I love how supportive and encouraging she seems, but I just felt like the book never took off. Ended with a "what now" sort of feeling.

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  • Andrea Wright
  • 2020-01-11

An entertaining and empowering read!

It was fascinating to discover the many toxic layers of diet culture and it's origins. The author is relatable, humorous and brilliant. She makes a powerful case for leaving diets behind and embracing a self-care to health and happiness in a much more broad and compassionate way.

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  • Dora
  • 2020-01-05

A whole new take

As someone whose struggled her whole life with weight, the Anti-Diet was eye-opening. Diets just dont work, and looking around, people who've lost weight on one have gained it back more likely than not. There is so much information presented, in a very clear and understandable way. Definitely recommend this to anyone who struggles with their weight currently or has had bad experiences with diet culture.

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  • Alva
  • 2020-01-05

Eye-Opening + Life-Giving

This is a well-organized, thoroughly researched resource damning diet culture in all its forms. I debated the format to buy, since now I wish I’d bought a physical copy for my shelf, but listening to Christy share her own ideas was a pleasant experience that I’m also likely to revisit.

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  • Jordan
  • 2020-01-04

life changing book

thank you so much to Christy Harrison for this life changing book. my eating disorder recovery was stunted until i learned of the body liberation movement and the health at every size model. this book is the best and most inclusive explanation of both! i'm convincing every single person i know to read it as i'm sure i'll never think the same way about my body, others bodies, or my relationship to food again!

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  • Ginger
  • 2020-01-02

I rec it

I listen to her podcast, so I have been looking forward to this!

It does a solid job laying out the argument for Health At Every Size, but is careful to inject personal stories often, rather than become too dry or academic. It defines diet culture, explains some history, many harms, and its large scope.

It does give pointers and shares experiences on combating diet culture and healing, but it's not a comprehensive how-to. I'm not sure one could write a comprehensive how-to considering how highly individual people are. That would be a wild choose-your-own-adventure book, and how dispiriting would it be if you reached a page and none of the choices were for you? That would be awful. I feel like Christy tried really hard to be inclusive, and I *hope* others feel the same.

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  • Katherine
  • 2020-03-01

An absolute must read

I went through a number of emotions while listening to this audiobook: sadness, defensiveness, anger, and inspiration. For anyone affected by mainstream diet culture (so, everyone), this is a must-read. I will be reaching for certain chapters again and again as I continue along my anti-diet journey.

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  • Melanie
  • 2020-02-28

High five and hugs when I needed it the most

Christy’s reassurance and support was just what I needed this week trying to navigate this health system and it’s constant judgement. Felt she was in my corner as I sat timidly in my drs office trying to stand my ground. Wishing HAES MD/DO’s were easier to find. Thank you for this labor of love!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-15

A great addition to other intuitive eating books

I enjoyed this book a lot. it is a good addition to HAES and intuitive eating. Although you've heard the main points of this book in the others I mentioned, Christy's take and updated information makes this a consistently intriguing read. She is a gifted writer and injects a personal touch to the ideas you've heard before. Even though I have been involved with Intuitive eating for a while I found myself connecting with the ideas on a much more personal level with Christy's book. Highly recommend for those new to the anti-diet movement and those already familiar

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  • Leslie Schilling
  • 2020-02-14

A MUST listen for parents, medical professionals, & humans in diet culture.

This book will change how you look at the world, how your care for yourself, and hopefully, help dismantle diet culture.

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