When Was Your First Diet?

God, I hope it wasn’t a starvation diet when you were 2. According to The Daily Mail:

A single mother was accused yester­day of inflicting her own problems on her eight-year-old daughter by putting her on a near starvation diet.

Corleigh has been on the regime since the age of two and is allowed just 700 calories a day – 1,000 fewer than recommended.

Miss Gilardoni insists she is acting in her daughter’s best interests, saying: ‘Being over­weight dominates my life. I don’t want Cor­leigh to be like me.’

I feel really sorry for the mother in this situation, but much, much more sorry for the daughter, despite the fact that her mother says that she’s “not so underweight that she’s going to die next week.”

Well, that’s something? This seems like a horrifyingly early age to start worrying about weight, but looking back, I definitely remember girls dieting in 5th and 6th grade. Sure, it was silly grown up mimicry “no, I’m not going to eat any birthday cake because it’s bad for you” but it was still a diet. What’s the first time you remember dieting? That is, if you have at all.

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    • Aileen

      I think I first dieted in the 9th grade. It was one of those new-fangled hospital diets that you do for 3 days and supposedly lose 10 lbs. I did it for about a day, and then my friend passed out and our mothers freaked out (and rightfully so).

      It is actually ridiculous looking back because I totally didn’t need to lose weight at 14…in fact, for my now adult standards, I was too skinny and gaining 10 lbs would’ve done me some good by giving my those sexalicious curves I have now!

    • Lindsay Hartman

      I never even considered dieting until after I had my daughter, mostly because I have very little self-control when it comes to food. But I started exercising with the purpose of losing weight when I was in high school.

    • Danielle

      My first diet was, sadly, a starvation diet at the age of 19. I lost 15lbs in about two weeks by smoking and consuming nothing but orange juice. I became so sick I often passed out at work.

      I was surrounded by obese and morbidly obese women in my family for most of my life who could not stop eating. They were always on diets that never worked. I was desperate not to become like them.

      Now, at 34, I practice yoga regularly, eat normally, and love and appreciate my body. Yay!