It sheds light on the dangers associated with unhealthful dieting. Here are just a few statistics:
- 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
- In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
- 40-60% of elementary school girls between the ages of 6 and 12 are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.
- 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.
- 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 1-5 years.
Dieting is not the answer. This is what No Diet Day is about—ditching the control diets have over us. A better option? Instead of letting food control your life, embrace a total lifestyle approach. Get some physical activity every day – walking, gardening, attending a group exercise class. Increase your intake of plant based foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and beans. Focus on good fats and low fat dairy products. Enjoy meals with family and friends while creating memories and experiences around the pleasure food brings.
Here are 6 Ways to Celebrate No Diet Day Today and Everyday: