With the aim of advocating for people’s food autonomy and for them to trust their bodies to make firm decisions about their diet, nutritionists Raquel Lobton, Ilana Borovoy and Gina Salame have created a health program called “Comprehensive Nutrition and Inclusiveness”. talked about the approach of
In an interview with the newspaper, the three professionals gave a comprehensive presentation on the core concepts of this perspective on food health.
In the first example, Raquel Lobton explained that an inclusive diet is based on the idea that eating habits have an impact on many areas of daily life and are not just related to changes in body shape.
An important part of this concept is to get rid of the myths and taboos surrounding “miracle” foods that are “monsters” and “magical” formulas when it comes to weight loss, which are strongly associated with improved fitness. are connected. Health
This is because health can be improved by actions that are not aimed at weight loss.
It also seeks to free people from so-called “diet culture”, which experts describe as a set of beliefs about the “right” way to eat, although the population “doesn’t know what it is because Everyone tells them something else”, he indicated.
However, people need to be aware that humans are designed to be resilient eaters and have the ability to stop when they feel it is sufficient for self-regulation. Once you break free from the rules of eating, you come into balance.
“Nobody wants to eat cookies and chocolate all day. Whoever believes that is because they are banned,” Lobaton said.
In this sense, the trio shared that they operate under an intuitive eating model, which consists of 10 basic principles, “It’s not as simple as ‘get what you want and have it'”.
The model aims to make people trust their bodies again and regain the ability to make food decisions without guilt and stress, but responsibly, she highlighted.
When talking about myths about dieting, Gina Salme recalled that “It has been said that if we restrict our diet we can change our body weight in the long run, whereas in fact There are studies which indicate that it is unstable and can harm health”.
“Gaining and losing weight, which we call the cycle of weight loss and gain, harms your health,” he warns. “Trying to do so is harming people’s physical and emotional health.”
According to experts, 95% of people who have lost weight with some intervention (diet) regain the lost kilos between two and five years. And he also added that, moreover, two thirds of them gain more weight than they lose.
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In her speech, Ilana Borovoy said that another myth that exists about food is that thinness is synonymous with health and fatness is synonymous with disease. She states that these ideas have conditioned society to such an extent that no one wants a fat body because of the “fatophobia” that exists and the discrimination they are victims of.
Furthermore, he assures that obesity is not a diagnosis or a disease and that diet should not be a medical prescription.
Another myth that stems from so-called “diet culture,” added Gina Salme, is that if a diet doesn’t work it’s because they don’t follow the instructions or lack the willpower.
He said, “You cannot determine the health of a person by looking at his weight or by looking at his body.”
It has an economic background, he said, as the diet industry alone generates about $72,000 million per year in the United States and more than $250,000 million in the world. According to experts, to end hunger in the world, $ 6 billion will be needed annually. In other words, with the profits made by this industry in the United States, that annual figure could be covered 12 times.
Another myth they want to dispel is that fat people eat too much and bad and thin people eat well and in moderation.
Raquel Lobaton emphasizes that there is a great variety of bodies in nature, which have appeared throughout history, even in periods when there were no industrial foods to which obesity was attributed. .
While it is true that there are conditions that are more common in obese people, the reality is that not all obese people will suffer from them, nor are thin people exempt from presenting pathology related to eating disorders.
She also talked about discrimination against people with larger bodies and how restrictive attitudes can create an emotional impact when trying to fit in with standards.
On the other hand, he also mentioned the myths associated with diets based on calorie restrictions. He pointed out that it is a misconception that calorie deficit has a positive effect on health. Furthermore, he assures that what exists is a state of malnutrition, which generates a series of negative consequences for the organism.
He elaborated that these actions are unsustainable and unfair to people, because when the purpose is not met, guilt and despair overwhelm them.
In the case of children, they assure that they have a 242 times greater risk of presenting an eating disorder than diabetes due to food restrictions.
Another concept he addressed was that of comprehensive nutrition, which in Ilana Borovoy’s words has to do with something more than nutrition: with the pleasure of eating, the relationship of culture, socializing and sharing food with someone else.
In this sense, context is crucial in eating styles.
The difference with inclusive eating is that it is not concerned with demonizing the food or the body.
Finally, he offered some ideas for changing the paradigms of food culture.
All three agreed that the “culture of dieting” needs to be clarified and brought out of it.
He indicated that it is necessary to change the attitude that it is okay to be on a diet.
He added that it is important to educate health professionals within this frame of reference, so that they have an approach based on respect and not blaming the patient.- Megamedia