Here is a holiday worth celebrating:
International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration of body acceptance and diversity.
Scales are for FISH not PEOPLE!
- That I will not diet for one day, on May 6, International No Diet Day.
- Instead of trying to change my body to fit someone else’s standards, I will accept myself just as I am.
- I will feed myself if I’m hungry.
- I will feel no shame or guilt about my size or about eating.
- I will think about whether dieting has improved my health and well-being or not.
- And I will try to do at least one thing I have been putting off “until I lose weight.”
INDD is a day to:
- Celebrate the beauty and diversity of ALL our natural sizes & shapes
- Affirm everyBODY’s right to self-esteem, respect and emotional and physical well-being
- Declare a personal one-day moratorium on diet/weight obsession
- Learn the facts about weight-loss dieting, health, and body size
- Recognize how dieting perpetuates violence against women
- Honor the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery
- Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fatphobia
Top Ten Reasons To Give Up Dieting
10. DIETS DON’T WORK. Even if you lose weight, you will probably gain it all back, and you might gain back more than you lost.
9. DIETS ARE EXPENSIVE. If you didn’t buy special diet products, you could save enough to get new clothes, which would improve your outlook right now.
8. DIETS ARE BORING. People on diets talk and think about food and practically nothing else. There’s a lot more to life.
7. DIETS DON’T NECESSARILY IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH. Like the weight loss, health improvement is temporary. Dieting can actually cause health problems.
6. DIETS DON’T MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL. Very few people will ever look like models. Glamour is a look, not a size. You don’t have to be thin to be attractive.
5. DIETS ARE NOT SEXY. If you want to be more attractive, take care of your body and your appearance. Feeling healthy makes you look your best.
4. DIETS CAN TURN INTO EATING DISORDERS . The obsession to be thin can lead to anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, and compulsive exercising.
3. DIETS CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID OF FOOD . Food nourishes and comforts us, and gives us pleasure. Dieting can make food seem like your enemy, and can deprive you of all the positive things about food.
2. DIETS CAN ROB YOU OF ENERGY . If you want to lead a full and active life, you need good nutrition, and enough food to meet your body’s needs.
And the number one reason to give up dieting:
1. Learning to love and accept yourself just as you are will give you self-confidence, better health, and a sense of wellbeing that will last a lifetime.
- Between 90% and 99% of reducing diets fail to produce permanent weight loss.
- The diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.) takes in over $40 billion each year, and is still growing.
- A recent survey found only 30 percent of 250 randomly chosen women age 21 to 35 had normal bone mass–the researchers concluded women are so afraid eating dairy products will make them gain weight that they are starving themselves into osteoporosis.
- 50% of 9-year-old girls and 80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted.
- 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly, even though only between 10% and 15% are over the weight recommended by the standard height-weight charts.
- 1% of teenage girls, and 5% of college-age women become anorexic or bulimic.
- Anorexia has the highest mortality rate (up to 20%) of any psychiatric diagnosis.
- Girls develop eating and self-image problems before drug or alcohol problems; there are drug and alcohol programs in almost every school, but no eating disorder programs.
Because I’m not dying to be thin.
Originated in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, a recovering anorectic and the director of a British activist group called Diet breakers, International No Diet Day was established to challenge the cultural attitudes and values that contribute to chronic dieting, weight preoccupation, eating disorders, and size discrimination. Participants wear light blue ribbons symbolizing the day’s goals. These include:
1. increasing public awareness of the dangers and futility of dieting, weight loss surgery, and obsession with thinness;
2. affirming that beauty, health and fitness come in ALL sizes, and everybody’s right to eat normally, enjoy physical activity and emotional well-being;
3. helping change the way people of size are perceived and treated by society.
INDD is celebrated worldwide. In past years, events have been held in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Norway, South Africa and Russia. These events have included scale smashing and recycling, a diet relics museum, picnics and eat-ins, street theatre, protests at weight-loss surgery and diet centers, official government proclamations naming May 6 No Diet Day in cities and states, educational forums, petititions and demonstrations in support of size rights legislation, exhibits of size-positive art and photography, size-friendly fashion shows and diet-free dances.No Diet Day was established in 1992 by Mary Evans Young (pictured below), the director of the British anti-diet campaign Diet Breakers.
For more information visit http://www.largesse.net/INDD/