International No Diet Day: against the obsession with ideal weight

Today May 6 and since 1992 International No Diet Day is celebrated, An initiative born in the United Kingdom by Mary Evans Young. Several were the triggers that led her to be the creator of this day: watching a TV show about surgery on overweight people, news of a teenager who decides to kill himself after being ridiculed for her weight in her peer group, and having suffered from anorexia nervosa herself.

Mary Evans then decides to work on a campaign called “Fat Woman Bites Back”, which translated into Spanish means “Fat women turn the bite”.

Over time, more and more countries have joined this initiative which focuses on key points related to the pressure we women experience on body image, Denouncing with that the creation of some canons of beauty which move away from reality.

    Why is International No Diet Day happening?

    Some of the goals of this campaign are:

    • Celebrate the body’s natural diversity.
    • Promote good self-esteem in all people regardless of how their body is.
    • Reassess a positive body image in all bodies.
    • Develop healthy eating habits that are not based on restrictive diets favoring the onset of eating disorders.
    • Reject, as a society, cultural values ​​which encourage hatred towards one’s own body.

    These central goals are meant to remember this day are related to other factors that directly or indirectly attack the creation of a positive image towards one’s own body as well as towards that of others. Some examples are invitations to follow the so-called “fad diets”, In which in some of them the restriction of food is recommended.

      Acceptance of one’s own body

      The use of food supplements which replace food intake, the abuse of laxatives and diuretics to obtain a feeling of “emptying” … The obsession with reaching an “ideal weight” without taking into account the natural fluctuations of the same and of the own bodily constitution. The custom of doing “bikini operation” which provides on the one hand that to teach the body must be in a certain way, as well as changes must be made on it so that it can be shown without complexes .

      These are some of the various product marketing guidelines and attempts that highlight the “need” to reach a weight into which different personal and social expectations are projected, which in many cases ultimately fail to meet the demand. modification of the body or part of it.

      It is therefore necessary to stress the importance of preventive measures aimed at stop the factors that promote body dissatisfaction.

      A positive attitude towards one’s own body

      On the part of the family, it is appropriate to encourage positive attitudes both towards one’s own body and that of others, and to promote a healthy lifestyle around food so that it does not become, among other things, a stressor around which manages personal and interpersonal conflicts.

      From the rest of the socializing and community agents: it shows the rejection of gordophobic attitudes, of not allowing discrimination on the part of the school and the work environment around the physical, of promoting a critical attitude towards cultural mandates which attempt against body diversity and on gender mandates related to the body, eliminating the use of far-from-reality images that extol extreme thinness, and in the manufacture of clothing to support body diversity with its various shapes, sizes and heights.

      Here are just a few of the many steps that can help create, develop, and maintain good body self-esteem.

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