Today is named Anti-Obesity Day and exists to highlight how obesity is a public health hazard.
In the work I do as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, I help people in a weight-neutral context (aka anti-diet or anti-trying to ‘fix’ the body), which means I don’t support this anti-obesity day.
We do not support anti-obesity day because of it adding to weight stigma. CLICK HERE to learn more about weight stigma and how it in fact contributes to a public health hazard not for because someone’s body is deemed ‘obese’.
Instead, I would like to bring awareness to how damaging the focus on obesity is on health, in particular, mental health as described in the post – No, Obesity Isn’t Australia’s Biggest Health Problem.
We are all for improving dietary intake and other lifestyle behaviours that are within our control.
Here is a list of strategies that are known to improve health: These strategies may also change a person’s body, weight or size as a side-effect, but is not the reason for improving health…..these strategies are:
- Getting enough sleep.
- Drinking enough water.
- Moving our bodies in ways that are enjoyable.
- Eating plenty of vegetables.
- Eating a couple of serves of fruit each day.
- Eating a variety of food (i.e. breads and cereals, vegetables, fruits, meat and alternatives and dairy and alternatives, fats and oils).
- Eating intuitively.
- If you decide to drink alcohol, drinking only in moderation.
- Having a regular self-care routine.
- Listening to our bodies.
What could you do to improve your level of health?