acceptance and body shape diversity. This day is also dedicated to raise
awareness of the dangers in diets. This day is observed on May 6, and its
symbol is a light blue ribbon, similar to the red ribbon of the World AIDS
INDD is a day to:
Take a day off from whatever crazy diet plan you are following and instead
honour listening to, respecting and responding to your body's unique hunger
and satiety needs.
Celebrate the beauty and diversity of ALL our natural sizes and shapes
Affirm everyBODY's right to health, fitness, and emotional well-being
Declare a personal one-day moratorium on diet/weight obsession
Learn the facts about weight-loss dieting, health, and body size
Recognise how dieting perpetuates violence against women
Honour the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery
Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fatphobia
Wear your light blue ribbon and take the pledge:
That I will not diet for one day, on May 6, International No Diet Day (INDD)
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
And I will try to do at least one thing I have been putting off "until I
The average American woman is 1,63 m, weighs 63,5 kg, and wears a size 14
The "ideal" woman – portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and
screen actresses – is 1,7 m, weighs 45,4 kg, and wears a size 8.
One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger.
75% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.
More than 50% of American women are on a diet at any one time and over 66%
of them are dissatisfied with their bodies.
Between 90% and 99% of reducing diets fail to produce permanent weight loss.
Two-thirds of dieters regain the weight within one year. Virtually all
regain it within five years.
The diet industry (diet foods, diet programmes, diet drugs etc.) takes in
over $40 billion each year, and is still growing.
diet programmes have the highest customer dissatisfaction of any service
Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war,
cancer, or losing their parents. Fifty percent of nine-year-old girls and
80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted.
90% of high school girls diet regularly, even though only between 10% and
15% are over the weight recommended by the standard height-weight charts.
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate (up to 20%) of any psychiatric
Girls develop eating and self-image problems before drug or alcohol problems
There are drug and alcohol programs in almost every school, but no eating
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