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.
Weight stigma, which is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s weight hurts everyone, not just people in larger bodies.
I’m a dietitian but I don’t remember the formula to calculate body mass index (BMI) because frankly it’s not that important (I also have a computer which does it for me). But don’t I need to know my BMI to know if I’m underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese? Okay, sure now you have aContinue reading “BMI Does Not Measure Health”