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“I WANT PEO­PLE TO RE­ALISE IT’S A WASTE OF EN­ERGY OBSESSING OVER OUR WEIGHT”

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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!”

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