Dieting can stunt your growth and delay your development – fad diets that restrict you to one or only a few kinds of food deprive your body of the nutrients it needs.
Dieting can cause hunger, tiredness, crabbiness, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, weak bones, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dull hair and skin, bad breath and dehydration.
Dieting is a known cause of depression – the more diets, the more severe the depression can be.
Dieting is a known trigger for eating disorders (see Chapter 12, Mind Health).
Dieting mostly doesn’t factor in exercise as a must-do part of a healthy life, or provide enough energy for you to exercise without becoming exhausted or sick.
Dieting can lead to futile ‘yo-yo’ dieting – a diet doesn’t work so inevitably you try it again or another one (lose some, put more on, lose some, put even more on).
Dieting can set you up for a lifetime of feeling out of control, and sad, bad and mad about food.
Dieting makes you gain weight.
Copyright Kaz Cooke, from Girl Stuff.