What I do...
“I WANT PEOPLE TO REALISE IT’S A WASTE OF ENERGY OBSESSING OVER OUR WEIGHT”
Becky Young is the founder of the Anti Diet Riot Club, an event series, community and platform promoting body acceptance and its advocates. She came up with the idea for the club last year, after being inspired by the amazing body-positive community she had found online.
“Following some incredibly inspiring women massively changed my perspective on my body and how I’d been wasting my life thus far,” explains Becky, who says that we still feel pressured to t a ‘perfect’ body ideal, thanks to societal expectations. Inspired by her own experiences, she wanted to reach out to as many people as possible, launching the
Anti Diet Riot Club to do so.
“I want to help people to start to see what a waste of energy, time and money obsessing over your weight or image is,” Becky says. “We can be more healthy – mentally and physically – by focusing not on how much we weigh and comparing ourselves to others, but by developing better relationships with food, movement, our bodies and mental health,” she explains. “Hopefully, by creating this community, we can all support each other on this journey.”
For Becky, this support includes meet-ups, speaker and panel events, food workshops, yoga classes and even the odd life drawing class. This summer, the Anti Diet Riot Club is also going on tour, appearing at various festivals. “Long-term, I would love to try and influence public health and education policy,” she says. “I think as a society we are kept subdued by this cult around ‘perfecting’ our bodies, and in a way it keeps us from standing up to the shallow, patriarchal and capitalist structures in the world. Riot, don’t diet!”