Susan Joyce from the Northern Rivers Eating Disorder Service (left) with Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre young women’s project worker Amara Bartlett.
Susan Joyce from the Northern Rivers Eating Disorder Service (left) with Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre young women’s project worker Amara Bartlett.

Don't diet - it's bad for you!

Anyone who has ever had body image issues (who hasn’t?) and loves food (who doesn’t) will no doubt be hungry to celebrate International No Diet Day.

The aim of the day is to promote positive body image and celebrate body diversity, and to assert everybody’s right to health and self esteem, regardless of size and shape.

To help spread the word, the Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre is having an information stall next Tuesday, May 4, at the Council Barrow on the corner of Carrington and Magellan Streets.

“Research shows that unhealthy dieting practices can actually lead to weight gain and other mental and physical health issues,” Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre young women’s project worker Amara Bartlett said. “International No Diet Day is about learning to accept ourselves as we are and not concede to social pressures to look a certain way.

“Anyone who does have issues around eating can access the Northern Rivers Eating Disorder Service at the Women’s Health Centre, where you can get free confidential assessment and referral from Susan Joyce.”

At next Tuesday’s stall there will be a petition that people can sign calling for the establishment of a code of practice for the media, advertising and fashion industries. It would ensure the promotion of a positive body image by using models within the healthy weight range; the use of realistic and natural images of people that are not digitally enhanced; disclosure when images of people have been digitally manipulated; and the promotion of a cultural view that places greater emphasis on the holistic nature of people and who they are, rather than just what they look like.

There will be free giveaways of resources and information at the stall and you can purchase a light blue ribbon for a gold coin to show your support for International No Diet Day. Proceeds will be donated to the Northern Rivers Eating Disorder Service, located at the Lismore & District Women’s Health Centre. For more information phone 6621 9800 or visit www.lismorewomen.org.au


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