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No Diet Day

EDM number 1162 in 1993-94, proposed by Alice Mahon on 03/05/1994.

That this House supports International No Diet Day on 5th May, the purpose of which is to draw attention to the perils and futility of dieting, except for medical reasons such as stomach ulcers and diabetes, and to promote a healthier way of living; notes that dieting undermines people's emotional and physical wellbeing and is often the first step towards more serious eating disorders; condemns the pressure on women, girls and young men to be unhealthily thin; is concerned that dieting has reached epidemic levels; notes that 90 per cent. of women will diet at some time in their lives, and at any given time 50 per cent. of women are dieting including girls as young as eight years and women as old as 75 years; regrets that Western women and girls are starving through dieting when in other parts of the world so many people are dying through starvation; believes that the tyranny of thinness encourages women to be valued on their looks alone and encourages the oppression of fat people as well as causing misinformation on healthy living and eating; realises that, whilst obesity may cause health risks to some people, the solution is not a simple one of losing weight because 96 per cent. of diets do not work, and dieting causes other problems including low self-esteem, mood swings, depression, gall stones, lack of concentration, constipation and headaches; and therefore supports International No Diet Day for a better way of living.

This motion has been signed by a total of 60 MPs.

Alice Mahon03/05/1994HalifaxProposed
Ann Coffey03/05/1994StockportSigned
Peter Pike03/05/1994BurnleySigned
Harry Cohen03/05/1994LeytonSigned
Jeremy Corbyn03/05/1994Islington NorthSigned
Jean Corston03/05/1994Bristol EastSigned
Tom Cox03/05/1994TootingSigned
Jim Cunningham03/05/1994Coventry South EastSigned
Ian Davidson03/05/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Angela Eagle03/05/1994WallaseySigned
Derek Enright03/05/1994HemsworthSigned
Bill Etherington03/05/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
George Foulkes03/05/1994Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleySigned
Neil Gerrard03/05/1994WalthamstowSigned
Diane Abbott03/05/1994Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Tony Banks03/05/1994Newham North WestSigned
Harry Barnes03/05/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle03/05/1994Leeds WestSigned
Tony Benn03/05/1994ChesterfieldSigned
Keith Vaz03/05/1994Leicester EastSigned
Eric Clarke03/05/1994MidlothianSigned
Ann Clwyd03/05/1994Cynon ValleySigned
Terry Patchett03/05/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Dawn Primarolo03/05/1994Bristol SouthSigned
Brian Sedgemore03/05/1994Hackney South & ShoreditchSigned
Clare Short03/05/1994Birmingham, LadywoodSigned
Dennis Skinner03/05/1994BolsoverSigned
Jimmy Hood03/05/1994ClydesdaleSigned
Helen Jackson03/05/1994Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Jane Kennedy03/05/1994Liverpool BroadgreenSigned
Ken Livingstone03/05/1994Brent EastSigned
John McAllion03/05/1994Dundee EastSigned
William McKelvey03/05/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Andrew Miller03/05/1994Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
Austin Mitchell03/05/1994Great GrimsbySigned
Roland Boyes03/05/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Keith Bradley03/05/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Malcolm Chisholm03/05/1994Edinburgh LeithSigned
John Evans04/05/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Jim Dowd04/05/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Simon Hughes04/05/1994Southwark and BermondseySigned
John Cummings04/05/1994EasingtonSigned
Bill Michie04/05/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Lynne Jones04/05/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Eric Illsley04/05/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
John Spellar04/05/1994Warley WestSigned
Ernie Ross04/05/1994Dundee WestSigned
Alan Meale04/05/1994MansfieldSigned
Harriet Harman05/05/1994PeckhamSigned
John Heppell05/05/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Jeff Rooker09/05/1994Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Barry Jones09/05/1994Alyn & DeesideSigned
Joyce Quin09/05/1994Gateshead EastSigned
Colin Pickthall10/05/1994West LancashireSigned
Martin Redmond10/05/1994Don ValleySigned
Tessa Jowell10/05/1994DulwichSigned
Michael Connarty10/05/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Ronnie Campbell11/05/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Janet Anderson11/05/1994Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Dennis Turner11/05/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned

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