Market Watch has a top ten list of what the Diet Industry won't tell you.
#2 is dieting makes you fat.
While the point of a diet is to lose weight, often the reverse happens: We end up fatter than when we started. “Diets don’t work long-term,” says psychotherapist and eating coach Karen R. Koenig...
I have been blogging for almost 10 years where I have repeatedly said dieting makes you fat. I have always believed that if I had HAES instead of a diet, right now I would weigh less and love my fat body more.
The constant pressure to diet does nothing, and can even makes things worse. The only purpose of dieting is to lose weight. People don't go to Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, do the Paleo diet or Atkins because they want to stay the same weight. They go to lose and when the weight loss stops, so does the diet.
Meanwhile Health at Every Size removes the weight loss component and focuses on health. Health can't fully be identified. As ASDAH defines:
The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) affirms a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation, or disease. Rather, health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. Health should be conceived as a resource or capacity available to all regardless of health condition or ability level, and not as an outcome or objective of living. Pursuing health is neither a moral imperative nor an individual obligation, and health status should never be used to judge, oppress, or determine the value of an individual.
ASDAH has updated the definition of HAES to further remove healthism (Healthism is the bias against a person because they don't fit the "picture of health". For fat people, a fat person who eats right and exercise is defined as morally superior to a fat person who doesn't).
The Health At Every Size® Principles are:
- Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
- Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
- Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
- Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
- Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
As I mentioned last week (And many other times), the stigma fat people get just trying to exercise. Making fun of someone who is slow or can only manage a walk around the block does nothing to help them by healthy.