The danger of dieting

danger of dieting

The danger of dieting may not be apparent until you dig a little deeper...but you don't have to look far to find really good reasons to avoid dieting dangers, but do you stop dieting and stop harming your health!  Many of us are addicted to dieting - we've dieted for so long that we almost wouldn't know how to no longer diet.

I'm really curious to know how many health professionals (and ordinary citizens too) ever stop to contemplate just how dangerous is the never-ending call to lose weight? One of them is that you are progressively dieting yourself fatter. The other is that you are messing with your incredibly successful self-regulatory body and getting in it's way of regulating itself.

Another, of the biggest dangers of dieting is that it is the swiftest route to disordered behavior and eating disorders.

And possibly the biggest unconsidered danger of the whole weight loss industry is that it stigmatizes overweight people which affects their health far more adversely than the weight itself. 

weight loss adviceDr.Linda Bacon

weight stigmatizationnot getting the same careDr. Lucy Aphramor

Dieting dangers are spreading

As a psychologist with a special interest in the eating and body arena, I cannot help but notice that the danger of dieting is increasing:

• the variety of eating-disorders has grown;
• the age ranges it attacks have spread;
• it's target populations have margarined to include both men and previously unaffected ethnic groups and;
• the geographical locations they’re found have leapfrogged to areas where eating disorders were once unknown.

The danger of dieting is without doubt one of the best kept secrets to gaining weight poor health, disordered behavior and eating disorders.

Why I never questioned the danger of dieting

Why are so many otherwise pretty sensible people like me taken in by the dieting industry? Why did I never stop to consider the danger of dieting? 

After all, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if diets worked, we wouldn't have a new one out ever season, weight and eating disorders problems wouldn't be on the increase, and the diet industry wouldn't be a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Why did I never even consider dieting dangerous??? The billion dollar question. It would have saved me hours of agonizing.

I think the quickest answer has to do with two factors: Firstly I was desperate and secondly, these products have been 'approved' by FDA which is supposedly interested in looking after my health - right??? Seems THAT's where I made my mistake!

People who attend my webinars and workshops are amazed to hear that about the dieting dangers and that dieting is what has made them progressively fatter. Dieting also leads to some pretty disordered eating that doesn't qualify as a full blown eating disorder too.

It’s as if a light-bulb goes on Mind over Fatter participants say, “You mean all my frantic restricting and deprivation is what has GOT me to this state and I can do something different?” 

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