On Wednesday May 6th 2020 Suffolk County Legis. William R. Spencer (D-Centerport) announced a new initiative about putting the Town of Huntington on Long Island, New York on a “voluntary diet” in an effort to avoid weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that diets are not the answer to the collective anxiety and trauma we are all experiencing surrounding this pandemic. We simply can’t shame people into being healthy. A diet may give us something to do and it may feel good for awhile, but inevitably the diet will end and the weight will come back and the negative feelings will return.
Check in with your friends (and especially your kids) using this time during lockdown to get “healthier”.
This intention, while usually innocent, can very often lead to disordered eating or even eating disorders (or relapse of an existing ED).
Just dropping this here for whoever needs this reminder as all the November weight loss challenges pop up. Do them if you want, but know that it’s not going to heal your relationship with food and it might make navigating food at the winter holidays even more challenging.