This semester I am doing a subject on Food and Sociology. I found this paragraph quite interesting and wanted to share it with you.
The “Ten basic tenets of size-acceptance” by dieticians Joanne Ikeda and Ellen Parham:
- Human beings come in a variety of sizes and shapes. We celebrate its diversity as a positive characteristic of the human race.
- There is no ideal body size, shape or weight that every individual should strive to achieve.
- Everybody is a good body, whatever its size or shape.
- Self-esteem and body image are strongly linked. Helping people feeling good about their bodies, and about who they are, can help motivate and maintain healthy behaviours.
- Appearance stereotyping is inherently unfair to the individual because it is based on superficial factors that the individual has little or no control over.
- We respect the bodies of others even thought they might be quite different from our own.
- Each person is responsible for taking care of his/her own body (My favourite personally!)
- Good health is not defined by body size; it is a state of physical, mental and social well-being.
- People of all sizes and shapes can reduce their risk of poor health by adopting a healthy lifestyle (This one isn’t bad either hehe)
- Health promotion programs should celebrate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Programs should be accepting of and sensitive to size diversity. They should promote body satisfaction and the achievement of realistic and attainable health goals without regard to weight change.
I hope those alternative health strategies will be used in the future to minimise health risks and promote self-esteem, body acceptance, healthy eating and moderate exercise. Those words are not mine but they do resonate with me…
Fruits and vegetables come in all sizes and shapes 🙂
Ikeda, J.P (2000), Health Promotion: A Size Acceptance Approach, Healthy Weight Journal, January/February, pp.10-12
Germov, J. & Williams, L. (2009), A Sociology of Food & Nutrition, The Social Appetite (3rd edition). Oxford University Press : New York.