This article was originally written on May 4, 2016 and updated on May 4, 2021.
In order to take steps against the propaganda of weight loss diets, International No Diet Day came into being. The idea came to a British woman, Mary Evans Young, also a long time anorexic, who was teaching management courses for women. This day, which happens every year on the 6th of May, is now celebrated in a many countries, including Canada, the United States, and France. Its symbol is a light blue ribbon.
Several studies have shown that women are much more likely than men to have negative feelings, such as anxiety, deprivation, and guilt when they eat. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting health measures have caused many upheavals all over the planet. According to the American Psychological Association, 42% of adult American reported gaining more weight than they intended since the start of the pandemic. A recent survey on the attitudes and behaviors of Quebec adults following the pandemic, shows us that 51% of women and 40% of men consider that the concern about their weight has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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INSPQ (Quebec National Institute of Public Health), COVID-19 – Surveys on the attitudes and behaviors of Quebec adults: Pandemic, lifestyle habits, quality of sleep and weight concerns – 20 april 2021 : https://www.inspq.qc.ca/covid-19/sondages-attitudes-comportements-quebecois/habitudes-de-vie-avril-2021 (in French)
American Psycological Association – Stress in America™ poll – 11 March 2021 : https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2021/one-year-pandemic-stress