Lecture Series

Dieting: why we started and why we must stop

  • 12.30 - 13.30
  • 06 Mar 2019
Dieting: why we started and why we must stop
The sixth event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2018/19. Presented by Professor Jayne Raisborough. Why does dieting dominate most women’s lives? We explore how slimness shifted from being a sign of illness to a symbol of emancipation before discussing more recent understandings of slenderness as a guarantee of fitness and health.

Dieting: why we started and why we must stop A public talk given by Professor Jayne Raisborough on 6 March 2019 as part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series. For more information on the series visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/lcc

The diet industry is worth over £2 billion pounds in the UK and yet there is little evidence that diets and other anti-fat measures work. This talk calls out the harms of dieting and shares research findings to help us find better relationships with our bodies.

Filmed by the Northern Film School.

This event coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March and is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University.