International No Diet Day

Did you know that there is such a thing as a "No Diet Day"?  It is being held annually on May 6 and it has become an opportunity for some groups to encourage people to ditch off their restrictive and pointless diets and instead embrace a healthy relationship with food.

Billions of dollars are spend on dieting with little benefits, and the last few years marked an increase in the profitability of the weight loss industry, especially when two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.  But with the simultaneous increase in profit from weight loss programs as well as the number of overweight among first world countries could mean that diets do not work at all.

Some health experts say that dieting is one of the risk factors in developing an eating disorder, which can be damaging to emotional, psychological, and physical health.  Studies further reveal that adolescent females who diet severely are 18 times more likely to have an eating disorder, while even those who have moderate diets are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder compared to non-dieters.  This is because even if they are trying to lose weight, they still suffer from low self-esteem.

The society and mainstream media does not help either as they focus away from individual achievements to appearance, as well as a bombardment of pressure of getting toned, thin, and beautiful.

Anti-diet groups encourage people to provide their body and mind with basic necessities for healthy living, as well as getting enough rest, eating a balanced diet, and exercising for the simple joy of moving.  They also advise that happiness comes in all shapes and sizes.  Being thins does not equal to being happy or successful.  You are also encouraged to celebrate your individuality and not to believe in what you see in airbrushed models in magazines.

Finally, you have to realize that people who feel happy with their life look better and not the other way around.