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In today’s world there is recognition of many forms of discrimination, rightly so, everything from racism, sectarianism to sex discrimination and more. You can hardly turn on the television or listen to the radio without hearing discussions about some of these topics. The discrimination is still there but it is recognised as an issue and hopefully it will stop, although there is probably a long way to go yet. However, when it comes to weight discrimination it is mostly ignored and even the people who this affects can feel they deserve the discrimination. ‘It’s my own fault I should try harder’ which is why there is such a culture for dieting and weight stigma in this country.
When did it become ok to be able to make fat into a crime
If you look at any magazine
Looking at clothes what size are the models?
At health articles what size are the models?
At beauty articles what size are the models?
Is this because models need to be thin to look good or look healthy I don’t think so just look at the October 2018 front cover of Cosmopolitan magazine Tess looks fabulous. It is time we stopped only having thin women or men being the only images represented in the media. The only time larger people appear to be represented is usually on a story on disease or ill health We need variety, as much variety as there is out here in the real world. When this happens there will be no need for people to say how great one larger girl looks in a magazine because it should be ordinary to see all shapes and sizes represented.
However you might be thinking that’s all well and good but it’s important for people’s health that they are a ‘healthy weight’ which is seen by many to be people who have a BMI under 25. Well these ‘healthy weight’ people get ill too. There is evidence that dieting doesn’t work it may work temporarily but very rarely lasts long term most people gaining the weight back within a year and the rest with a few exceptions within 5 years. There is also evidence that yo yo dieting can cause health problems all by itself and there are now theories that rather than the weight being the problem it is the yo yo dieting that may be causing most of the problems attributed to weight.
This last 20 – 30 years there has been an increase in peoples weight and it is often put down to fast food, unhealthy snacking and lack of exercise all of which might be part of the cause but I would like to suggest that there are so many other reasons that could be the cause including decreased smoking, comfort eating (this is probably partly caused by the weight stigma that is around), increased pollutants in foods, viruses, gut bacteria to name but a few.
Dieting itself can cause weight gain.
Think about it how often when you stop dieting for whatever reason do you gain the weight back again?
How often when you fall off the wagon do you go on a binge?
How often when you stop dieting do you stop all exercise?
So what should we all be doing for our health if we stop dieting.
Perhaps start to tune into your body and see what it wants. When dieting we often eat if it’s allowed on diet not really thinking am I hungry or full
Perhaps start to work out if you are not hungry and want to eat why this is.
Perhaps start to look at physical activity as something to do to make you feel good not to help you lose weight
Perhaps start to see weight stigma for what it is and find ways to deal with it
Perhaps looking at increasing the variety of foods you eat
I briefly mentioned healthy weight above as usually described as a BMI of under 25 however I see a healthy weight as one when you are mostly eating for physical hunger and doing some physical activity at your ability then the weight you end up at is your healthy weight.
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