International No Diet Day is the brainchild of Mary Evans Young, a British citizen who came up with the concept in 1992 after battling anorexia nervosa. Her goal was to help people appreciate themselves for what they are and for the body they have.
A year later, women in other countries planned celebrations for May 6, including the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and it evolved to honor victims of eating disorders and promote healthier eating. A better name might be International Healthy Eating Day, which conjures up positive images of what the day represents.
It makes me wonder what the late comedian George Carlin would say about today’s acknowledgment. He often joked about anorexia, referring to it as a disorder of privilege, referring to Americans as spoiled because they call it a disease, and pointing out that people in poorer countries don’t have the luxury of anorexia. Carlin’s opinion may be harsh, but you can’t ignore that many who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, and poor body image live in wealthier countries.
In any case, enjoy some chocolate today. Life is too short not to.