Bye Bye Weight Watchers….now what?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been banding together with Eating Disorders experts from all over world in response to Weight Watchers announcement that they’re offering free memberships to teen in the US. I’ll have to admit, I was VERY happy to tweet my butt off in support of my US friends but was also at the same thinking “thank goodness that’s not us….” Well, today folks, news has hit the fan – it IS us. Weight Watchers Australia is playing copycat (how uncreative) in aiming to capture the teen market as part of their very strategic move to expand their market base, improve revenue and create new customers…for life.  You can read more about this move from Weight Watchers, and why it’s a TERRIBLE idea, in this wonderful piece from my colleague Rebecca Scritchfield. Remember when Weight Watchers went all “body positive?” Well once again, we call bullshit.

As a result of this announcement I was invited onto Melbourne drive time radio today to speak about this. I knew I would have to speak quickly – all I was thinking was “stick to your points! Don’t be thrown off!” and although I felt fine about the interview, the DJ kept asking “but what else can we doooooo?” (insert handwringing here). Diet Culture, you do suck.

In literally 2 minutes, I couldn’t possibly offer the many alternatives to dieting (yes, Weight Watchers is indeed a diet) or a summary of Health At Every Size and Non Diet Approaches, much as I wanted to. First and foremost, you have options. PS that are not another diet.


Be kind:

Stepping away from dieting takes a lot of courage. We really understand how stepping away from dieting isn’t so easy peasy Add an extra dose of compassion as you navigate the complexities of feelings which may arise when questioning diet culture.


Intuitive Eating by Elyse Resch & Evelyn Tribole

If Not Dieting Then What? by Rick Kausman

About Health At Every Size (HAES)

What is the Non Diet Approach?


FoodPsych with Christy Harrison

Love, Food with Julie Duffy Dillon

Don’t Salt My Game with Laura Thomas

All Fired Up  with Louise Adams

Dietitians Unplugged with Glenys Oyston & Aaron Flores

Body Kindness with Rebecca Scritchfield

Clean up:

Your social media – unfollow anyone who makes you feel bad, or who supports dieting or body shaming messages.

We only follow cool people – check out our stuff @themindfuldietitian and @bodypositiveyoga on Instagram and refresh your feed!

Connect with community:

FB groups such as The Moderation Movement and Dare Not to Diet Society

Come along to Fat Yoga

Seek like-minded people who also share a Non Diet philosphy – for ALL bodies!

Reach out:

To a Non Diet or HAES-informed Dietitian or Therapist. 

You can start HERE for a Dietitian, or HERE for other professionals in Australia

You can start HERE for professionals world-wide


A reminder – You have options. Dieting, counting and worrying is not part of a quality life. You deserve better. Eat foods you love, learn to trust your body again, treat yourself with kindness and compassion and transfer your energy into things that really matter.

Weight Watchers, time’s up. Drop that mic, we’re outta here…..


Now what?


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I am all about making authentic & healthful connections with food :) Rather than focussing on the science of nutrition, I'm a specialist in Mindful Eating and eating behaviour - the WHY and HOW we eat, rather than just the WHAT. I love to write about the issues affecting everyday people, particularly those who have a disconnected relationship with food and their body. My aim is to help break the cycle of food fear for the next generation. Warning: sometimes I get a bit "ranty" when something really bothers me but I'm really passionate about supporting people to relate to food with courage and authenticity, without fear. At Body Positive Australia, we aim to provide innovative opportunities for Dietitians and the general public to learn more about how we can all be part of the solution to our food-fear culture. We offer annual Professional Yoga Retreats for Dietitians & Body Positive Retreats for the public. I am a specialist in Eating Disorders (RIPE Group Therapy), Sports Nutrition (Australian Ballet, Racing Victoria Apprentice Jockeys) and teaching (Deakin Dietetics). Please join me to be part of the solution and help people take care of themselves through good nutrition, eating with more ease and peace.

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