Celebrate Health & Positivity on No Diet Day
Yesterday, May 6, was International No Diet Day. It’s an annual celebration of body acceptance and body shape diversity. The day is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for all body types, with a special focus on good health at any size, and raising awareness of the potential dangers of extreme dieting.
The first International No Diet Day was celebrated in 1992 in the United Kingdom. Led mostly by feminist groups, the day is now celebrated around the globe, particularly in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil.
New Year, New Diet
Was dieting part of your New Year’s Resolution? For people who made health or weight-related goals at the beginning of the year, No Diet Day represents a journey that’s nearly halfway into the year. If you’ve been strict with your diet, it means you’ve endured five months of careful consideration of how, when and how you eat.
Now, summer is nearly upon us and you’re looking fantastic. This level of dedication deserves recognition and reward, which is one reason why No Diet Day exists. On this holiday, diet adherents are free to let loose and enjoy one day of glorious diet freedom.
Dangers of Extreme Dieting
For far too long, good health been associated with unhealthy, dangerous fad diets and unrealistic or unattainable body types. And there is a rise in eating disorders amount the youth, especially young girls. Some blame Hollywood, social media influencers and the fashion industry, pointing to Photoshopped images in fashion and beauty magazines for a rise in body shaming. But it’s important to remember bodies can be beautiful at all shapes and sizes.
Also, the failures of dieting often result in weight that yo-yos up and down. According to the Institute of Medicine, “Those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight, only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years.”
How to Celebrate No Diet Day
Your own body is beautiful exactly as it is. It’s important to make healthy choices and eat good foods, but focus less on hitting a specific weight to rapidly or shedding pounds to look a particular way. Instead, concentrate on being active and keeping your body healthy.
To celebrate International No Diet Day:
• Understand there is not one “right” body shape.
• Raise awareness of (and help end) weight discrimination, size bias and fat phobia.
• Seek help if you suffer from an eating disorder.
• Declare a day free from diets and obsessions about body weight.