Started in 1995 by Mary Evans Young of Britain, The International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration of body acceptance and body shape diversity. This day is also dedicated to promoting a healthy life style and raise awareness of the dangers and futility of dieting aka weight cycling.
International No Diet Day is observed on May 6, and its symbol is a blue ribbon. There are several goals to the INDD:
* Doubt the idea of one “right” body shape.
* Raise awareness to weight discrimination, size bias and fat phobia.
* Declare a free day from diets and obsessions to body weight.
* Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
* Show how diets perpetuate violence against women.
* Honor the victims of eating disorders
People who don’t understand what HAES(r) is all about will grumble that INDD is just an excuse for people to throw all of their healthy habits or restrictive diets out of the window and binge in uncontrollable gluttony. I get a headache just thinking about what a drastic misinterpretation that is. Perhaps if they saw the goals they would reconsider?
The Pledge for INDD and perhaps at some point when you are ready for EVERY DAY!
* That I will attempt to not diet for one day, on May 6, International No Diet Day.
* Instead of trying to change my body to fit someone else’s standards, I will accept myself just as I am.
* I will feed myself if I’m hungry.
* I will feel no shame or guilt about my size or about eating.
* I will think about whether dieting has improved my health and well-being or not.
* I will try to do at least one thing I have been putting off “until I lose weight.”