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Celebrating No Diet Day


Written by Anna Kerslake and posted in opinion


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On Monday 6th May, Endangered Bodies went out on the streets of Dublin to celebrate International No Diet Day. We had designed our own t-shirts for the event and had information on intuitive eating and Endangered Bodies to give out, as well as a few tasty treats.

The aim of No Diet Day is to promote body acceptance and healthy at any size. Intuitive eating is listening to your body’s needs – eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full.

We stopped off at the Spire on O’ Connell Street, Temple Bar and near Stephen’s Green park.  We gave out ‘Love Your Body’ stickers and they seemed to go down a treat. A couple of Gardaí even took a sticker or two. A good few ladies seem to really appreciate what we were doing and happy to share in our celebration of No Diet Day. They saluted us with smiles, cheers and ice-cream cones.

‘No Diet Day’ was about choosing healthy eating over denying yourself. Skip the baby food and liquid diets and just opt for healthy carbs and your 5+ a day. And don’t feel bad about treating yourself the odd time too. If you’re going to enjoy a tasty snack, feel good about it. It’s all in the balance. A lot of people struggle with dieting and end up putting the weight back on. Don’t hate on your body – you’re a beaut - APPRECIATE! Now...Doesn’t that feel nice?  Choose gratitude instead

You might not have heard about Endangered Bodies before. Endangered Bodies Ireland is the Irish branch of an international organisation that works to challenge the industries that promote body hatred and turn us against our own bodies.

The different branches of Endangered Bodies, based in cities all over the world, have taken action against these industries in a variety of ways and on a number of levels – from small, personal actions like supporting brands that promote body positive messages, to higher level activism like holding demonstrations, working with industry stakeholders and getting involved in political lobbying.

So far Endangered Bodies Ireland has -

  • Held film nights and discussion groups to give people a space to talk about body image and related issues.
  • Joined the online community of body image activism through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Spread body positive messages through our ‘Love Your Body’ sticker campaign.
  • Petitioned the makers of ‘Operation Transformation’ to move the emphasis of the programme away from weight loss.
  • Celebrated International No Diet Day by handing out treats and information in busy spots around Dublin.


 

By Anna Kerslake,
A member of Endangered Bodies Ireland.

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Published June 17th, 2013
Last updated October 19th, 2015
Tags endangered bodies ireland body image
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