National Eating Disorders Association

Saturday, February 27, 2021
9:00am-12Noon ET
On-line & Virtual
Old Orchard Beach

Join Shaping Perspectives… A Woman’s Way to Joy at Saturday Feb 27 from 9am-112Noon for the Ditch Your Diet Book, Plan, App Challenge.

Dieting is a precursor to eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorders Association. “35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting, and up to 25% of those individuals develop eating disorders”. Eating disorders affect everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, size, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. According to the Medical Daily “women spend an average of 17 years of their life dieting” and 80% of girls 10-year old girls have been on a diet, 50% of girls want thinner bodies and girls feel better about themselves when dieting (Common Sense Media). The Eating Disorder Coalition reports the rate of children under 12 admitted to a hospital for an eating disorder rose 119% in less than a decade.” And doctors are warning parents of a ‘tsunami” of childhood eating disorders due to the pandemic.

The Ditch Your Diet Book, Plan and App Challenge is designed as a first step towards overcoming dieting cultures hold or grip on us and society.

By ditching and ridding these ‘eating disorder precursor resources & tools’ from their homes and communities, individuals and families make room for thinking and acting in a different way when it comes to size, shape and weight.

In addition, this tangible action acknowledges one’s commitment to

Say no to diets
Reject society’s thin ideal
Accept & Honor one’ body
Know their true value and worth
Reducing fat shaming-bullying & weight stigmatization

Anne Poirier