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‘After a lifetime of dieting, I plan never to diet again. My body is not a thin body – that does not mean it is not healthy or gorgeous’

When she came to the realisation that the diet industry had dominated her life so far, comedian Grace Mulvey vowed to turn her back on it forever

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Comedian Grace Mulvey quit dieting and instead wrote a comedy script during lockdown. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Comedian Grace Mulvey quit dieting and instead wrote a comedy script during lockdown. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Comedian Grace Mulvey

Comedian Grace Mulvey

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Comedian Grace Mulvey quit dieting and instead wrote a comedy script during lockdown. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Calorie counting, juices, cleanses, scales, repeat. Calorie counting, juices, cleanses, scales, repeat. Calorie counting, juices… One of my earliest memories is of a little six-year-old me pulling up my pyjama top and looking at my six-year-old belly and thinking, “You are too big. You are just too big.” What followed was years of queuing to be weighed by strangers, weighing out grammes of lean meat, and weighing in my mind whether I should go out with friends or go to bed so that I would stick to my diet. In a nutshell, too much weighing was taking place.

Every journey has an origin story. Batman. James Bond. Darth Vader. My journey to breaking free from the shackles of dieting is no different, just less violent. It started when a healthcare professional point-blank told me I was never going to be thin. I was 25 and had recently lost four stone in nearly eight months on a restrictive and expensive weight-loss programme. I had made the appointment because although I was exercising daily and sticking rigidly to my diet, I was no longer losing weight. I was also suffering from some negative side-effects of rapid weight loss, but that didn’t worry me.


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