Do you struggle with body image issues? Can you imagine even one day set aside for accepting your body, just as it is? Or better yet, loving your body as it is?
International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration of body acceptance and diversity. It is observed on May 6 each year.
It 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
The inspiration for International No Diet Day came from Mary Evans Young, a woman who was recovering from anorexia. Started in 1992, it is now celebrated worldwide.
Our culture’s obsession with thinness, body image and dieting is destructive emotionally and physically. It has reached epidemic proportions: 75% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Many who go on to develop eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia report starting out with dieting. Those who do not meet our culture’s rigid size and body type standards of beauty are stigmatized.
Take the “I Love My Body Pledge“:
I, __________________, pledge to speak kindly about my body.
I promise not to talk about how fat my thighs or stomach or butt are, or about how I really have to lose 5 or 15 or 50 pounds. I promise not to call myself a fat pig, gross, or any other self-loathing, trash-talking phrase.
I vow to be kind to myself and my body. I will learn to be grateful for its strength and attractiveness, and be compassionate toward its failings.
I will remind myself that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that no matter what shape and size my body is, it’s worthy of kindness, compassion, and love.
© 2007 Harriet Brown/harrietbrown.blogspot.com
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More Body Positive Resources:
Junkfood Science – debunks myths about weight and health
How can you love your body today?