Today is International No Diet Day

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?

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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.

Facts about dieting and weight loss

Facts about eating disorders

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.

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More Body Positive Resources:

Health at Every Size

Shapely Prose Blog

Junkfood Science – debunks myths about weight and health

How can you love your body today?

Kathleen Young, Psy.D.

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7 Responses to Today is International No Diet Day

  1. abeeliever says:

    This, along with the other important topics you write about, struck such a chord with me. I have wasted far too many words speaking negative and unkind things about my body to myself and in front of others in the past. I do my best to keep the words from coming out of my mouth, especially since I have a daughter who is listening closely for cues as to how we should feel about our bodies and our image. The thoughts so often remain, and I am working to love myself as I am . . . we are each so unique and the things I see as ugly are so often things completely out of my control! The ones that are in my control, well, those are about being healthier and making healthy decisions. I thank you for bringing attention to this important topic. I am really happy to have come across you on twitter, knowing that I will enjoy and find interest in so much of what you are doing and writing about!
    Blessings for you,
    Amy

    • kyoungpsyd says:

      Amy-

      You words have really touched me, thank you! Twitter is well worth it for making connections like this!

      The body shaming and negative messages are so pervasive, anything we can each do to stop them, starting with ourselves, is powerful. How much more so when modeling that for the next generation of women, like you are doing with your daughter.

  2. I’m sorry I missed this post actually – because normally I do check the titles of your blog announcements.

    I struggled hard with my choice of ‘diet’ within my domain name because for me, the ‘gi diet’ is so much more then a ‘regular’ diet. The goal is not necessarily weight loss, but a new way of eating, and in my case, eating things that are less harmful to my blood sugar levels.

    I refuse all other ‘diets’ that are geared to weight loss ONLY

    I refuse to beat myself up when I don’t ‘follow’ the principles of gi I’ve set up for myself

    I refuse to take the advice of any endocrinologist who suggests weight loss pills or surgery <— this has been … it’s funny, as I write about this, the wave of emotion just hit me hard.

    I generally need to see my endo once every 3-6 months depending. I postponed my appointment several times and the day of one that I vowed I wouldn’t reschedule, I had tremendous amounts of anxiety. I was already depressed, I was still smoking (had quit the habit, but took it up again briefly) and knew my weight level was about the same.

    After her initial usual steps of taking my blood pressure, and weight measurements, I broke down and told her that I needed to speak to my doctor/therapist regarding a treatment for depression and explained how in that state, I wasn’t going to lose weight but still do not want to revisit the weight loss surgery “option”. I also told her that I wasn’t eating properly (again, depression), and if I can’t do that now, I don’t see how weight loss surgery would me until I got a handle on it (perhaps I was hinting as an emotional eater I guess eh?)

    The same day I met with my general physician, and under his care and advice, I decided to start taking Welbutrin, with great results. I should also point out: not one of the GP’s I’ve had encourage weight loss surgery for me. I know you know a bit of my personal story, but I have to say that it’s very telling that I was given that advice by my first GP before I moved west at over 450-475 lbs. I shaved off quite a bit since, yes but not shaved any since I moved. So in the eyes of this particular endo who’s suggesting WLS, I haven’t done much to change my situation.

    So what’s the point of this story? :)

    - A friend let me know that there’s a new endocrinologist in town, and one that has hours near where I live. My understanding is that he’s pretty good and easy to get along with. No clue as to how he’ll react to me, but I plan on going there with a firm outline about how I want to proceed on my *own* path.

    I’m getting a referral for him this month, and I plan to never again see the other specialist. Wish me luck?

    You mention negative messages being so pervasive. Indeed, and that’s a struggle *while* focused on health and well being at the same time too. I told my late mother, that I really only started shaving the pounds after I was happier with myself, identity, etc. So while I can blog about my adventures in the type of eating I’m doing and what kind of new exercise or physical adventure I’m off to, nothing but nothing helps the path to health like a positive, healthy, and dare I say… “forgiving” body image. I try to forgive myself for being in pain for many years (physical/emotional), and thank my body subconsciously every time I choose to walk, knowing 7 years ago I was immobilized by it. I’m still over 350 lbs (I only give that number out as a matter of perspective), but these days, those pounds feel a lot lighter.

    Thanks for reading.
    -Chris

    • kyoungpsyd says:

      Thank you for posting, Chris! It’s never too late to chime in!

      Your story is very moving and inspirational. I love what you say about being gentle and forgiving or yourself and the ties between identity-body image- and the motivation to continue making healthy changes.

      Your story and approach reminds me very much of the philosophy of Health at Every Size: focusing on what you can do, right now, every day, to be the healthiest you!

      And yes of course, as always I wish you much luck with what comes next!

  3. In the Same Boat says:

    Chris, I get and identify with your struggle.
    I’ve never been told to get weight loss surgery, but I can imagine how that must feel. I currently tip the scales at around 315 lbs and have been told more recently that I need to lose weight in order to be “healthier”.

    I agree with your overall message that losing weight doesn’t equate to being healthy. I think about my father who was at the ‘right’ weight and dying from horrible living [untreated diabetes and partial lung removal from lung cancer]. Just because he fit into the ideal weight zone certainly didn’t mean he was by any means “healthy”.

    I’m taking a similar approach to my situation. One day at a time, really. I need to incorporate more food groups into my overall diet. It’s difficult, but my goal isn’t weight loss, if that happens that’ll be great, a bonus, but the ultimate goal for me would to be a healthier and more active life.

    Hang in there and keep putting one foot forward because after all that’s all we can do.

    • kyoungpsyd says:

      Thanks for your input, ITSB!

      Thank you for that reminder: thin does not necessarily equal healthy nor does fat automatically mean unhealthy. It is much more complex than that!

      It is always a challenge to learn something new, take on some new self-care behaviors. Good for you that you are actively pursuing that!

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