Healthy Weight Week is a public health and awareness campaign that celebrates healthy living habits free of dangerous/unhealthy diets. It focuses on a complete lifestyle change as a way to achieve a healthy weight. It focuses on making healthy habits that last a lifetime in order to prevent weight problems. It informs the public that diets generally do not work and the best solution to excess weight is making healthy, lifelong habits gradually. It will be start on the 20th of January and end on the 26th.
The idea behind Healthy Weight Week is that most diets are harmful to the self-esteem of a person. People diet because they consider themselves overweight. As punishment, they turn to deprivation, excessive calorie restriction and generally becoming more miserable. The problem is that diets tend to backfire since you feel deprived and typically go on a “binge” regularly. In the long run, this doesn’t make much of a difference in terms of weight loss. In fact, most diets result in gaining more weight after a few years.
Purpose of Healthy Weight Week
The main goal of Healthy Weight Week is to create a new meaning to the term “healthy weight”. We should all understand that a healthy weight differs from one person to another depending on several factors like height, bone density, body type, and body composition. We have different body types and compositions which requires a different approach for healthy weight loss.
The public health and awareness campaign educates the public on the importance of having a realistic weight goal which is unique for each person. In most cases, the weight loss goals of people trying to lose weight are unrealistic and mostly unattainable. This causes mental problems like anguish and often leads to unhealthy eating behavior that can cause physical, mental and emotional problems in the future.
Healthy Weight Week also highlights the importance of having a positive body image and establishing a healthy relationship with food. Studies indicate that these are two of the most important factors for long-term and permanent weight loss. Finally, it is also the public health and awareness campaign’s goal to help people learn how to love themselves regardless of their weight because this is the first step towards achieving a healthy weight.
What you can do on Healthy Weight Week?
- Learn to love your body and establish a healthy relationship with food
- Stop dieting and start living healthier
- Post or tweet about Healthy Weight Week
- Share weight loss tips with your friends and family
- Distribute posters for Healthy Weight Week
- Work with your local newspaper in creating an educational article about positive body image and creating a healthy relationship with food
- Set realistic weight goals and come up with an effective plan to achieve it
- Start an exercise program and encourage your family and friends to do the same
- Share healthy recipes with your family/friends
Message on Healthy Weight Week
During Healthy Weight Week, the focus is to make realistic changes in your lifestyle for healthy weight loss. First of all, you should not concentrate on calorie counting. Instead, learn how to eat healthier and start changing the way you look at food. Second, you should start loving your body and learn how to accept things you can’t change like your body type. Third, you need to increase your level of physical activity and create a regular exercise schedule which will make weight loss or maintenance a lot easier.
Special Tips on Healthy Weight Week
Here are effective weight loss or maintenance strategies:
- Accept your body and embrace who you are
- Set realistic health guidelines for improving your overall health
- Consult your healthcare provider before making major dietary and exercise changes
- Learn to develop positive body image
- Reduce consumption of processed foods and eat more natural foods (fruits and vegetables)
- Relax and learn how to manage stress
- Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full
- If you find it too difficult to reach your ideal weight, consult a healthcare professional to check for metabolic issues
The cultural obsession with thinness is having a significant impact on people’s mental health. What is alarming is the fact that approximately 24 million people in the United States have some form of an eating disorder. This includes regularly suffering from unhealthy diets that can cause serious health problems in the long run. Healthy Weight Week aims to change the way we see ourselves and promote the healthy approach to achieving/maintaining a healthy weight.