No Diet Day: Beware! compulsive dieting is not a healthy choice

May 06, 2016, 15:50 IST | A correspondent

Although, there are findings showing health and medical benefits of weight loss due to dieting, an earlier study conducted in Finland over an 18-year period revealed that dieting can result in increased mortality rate.

No Diet Day: Beware! compulsive dieting is not a healthy choice

On the other hand, researches found that those who maintained their weight fared the best.

Similar studies over the years have found that while intentional weight loss has a small benefit for individuals classified as unhealthy, it is associated with slightly increased mortality for healthy individuals and the slightly overweight but not obese.

This may reflect the loss of subcutaneous fat and beneficial mass from organs and muscle in addition to visceral fat when there is a sudden and dramatic weight loss.

About No Diet Day
International No Diet Day (INDD) also known as No Diet Day is observed annually on May 6 to celebrate body acceptance, including fat acceptance and body shape diversity. The aim is to promote a healthy life style with a focus on health at any size and in raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success.

Mary Evans Young, director of director of the British group "Diet Breakers" is the originator of the International No Diety Day. She introduced the first No Diet Day in May 1992. A British feminist, Young was inspired by her own experiences of being bullied at school for being fat and by speaking with women who attended the management courses she ran.

Originally intended to be a UK-based National No Diet Day, a week before the event, International Clear Your Desk Day was declared and Young was inspired to make her holiday also an international one. It was a small affair to be celebrated by a dozen women with a picnic in Hyde Park, London. May 6 coincidentally happens to be Mary Young's birthday. International No Diet Day's symbol is a light blue ribbon.

International No Diet Day paricipants aim to: 
>> Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
>> Honor the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery.
>> Question the idea of one "right" body shape.
>> Raise awareness of weight discrimination, size bias and fat phobia.
>> Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fat phobia.
>> Declare a day free from diets and obsessions about body weight.

Did you know?
Banting was the first popular form of diet named after Englishman William Banting. He outlined the details of a particular low-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet that had led to his own dramatic weight loss in his 1863 pamphlet, Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public.

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