How is Anti-Obesity Helpful?: Bringing The Focus Back To Health

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?

 

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