This very special occasion is celebrated on the 6th of May, every year. So what is no diet day really all about? International No Diet day is a special day that is dedicated towards ‘body acceptance’. You may wonder what ‘body acceptance’ is; ‘body acceptance’ refers to accepting people irrespective of their body shape and size. The day is specially dedicated towards breaking the stereotype surrounding people that fat or lean people are not attractive. It is important that International No Diet day be given due recognition as it not only breaks the stereotype but also motivates people who are fat or lean and have low self esteem. This article has all that you need to know about International No Diet day.
History behind International No Diet day
International No Diet day was created by Mary Evans Young in 1992. Mary Evans Young is a feminist who fought to break the stereotype that fat or lean people are unattractive. She had personal experiences as a teenager; when she was in school, she was bullied for being fat. As a result she developed anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by extreme dieting and weight loss regimes, along with voluntary purging activities. Eventually she was motivated to get over her eating disorder and she wished to help those like her to come to acceptance with their body shape and size. She is currently the director of ‘Diet Breakers’ and has also written many books.
Eating disorder is a serious mental health issue. It can be classified into: Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating. Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by excessive eating, followed by purging behaviour and Binge Eating refers to uncontrolled consumption of large quantities of food, irrespective of hunger. Eating Disorders create a sense of discomfort in the individual with regard to their own body image.
The symbol for International No Diet day is a light blue ribbon and International No Diet day was initially on May 5th, but was later changed to May 6th to avoid conflicting with another American holiday, Cinco de Mayo, on the same date.
How to celebrate International No Diet day?
One can celebrate International No Diet Day by:
- Creating awareness towards eating disorders, weight discrimination and body image related stereotypes
- Celebrating each and every body shape and size
- Helping people with eating disorders and have low self esteem due to their body image
Why celebrate International No Diet day?
It is important to celebrate International No Diet day. More than just creating awareness, this day focuses on extending a helping hand towards those who need help and showing to them that they are recognized, loved and cared about. Every year, many people (irrespective of gender) die due to eating disorders and an even greater percentage is bullied because of their body image. It is important to let people know that our external appearance is just a shell and what really matters is the soul behind the shell. So don’t forget International No Diet day on May 6th!
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