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A dietitian’s honest thoughts on weight

Dyt. Serkan Sıtkı Şahin /

An interesting thing has happened in the field of nutrition: Weight has become a very touching subject.

When I became a dietitian, emerging research on obesity was a hot topic. I have read and written many magazine articles about weight loss. One of my first jobs as a dietitian was working at a local clinic to counsel and lead small groups at a weight loss center.

Ultimately, I decided that while weight management is a popular specialty in nutrition, it just wasn’t the right focus for me.

There is now an approach that emphasizes physical and emotional health that emphasizes acceptance and respect in all bodies.

I am excited about the spread of body positivity in our culture. I love seeing women of different body types in catalogs, lifeless models of different body types in shop windows, and more body diversity walking the runway.

However, it also has a dark side. So is it possible to try a low-carb diet despite being body positive? Or is it okay to give up trying to lose weight, regardless of what your dietitian says?

Dietitians have varying opinions and approaches when it comes to weight, and that’s a good thing because different approaches work for different people.

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What I believe is;

I believe you have the right to make your own decisions about your body and weight, and that you don’t want to change your decisions to any extent based on the BMI chart, magazines, friends, family, doctor, celebrities, or what society says…

I believe you have the right to change your weight. While someone is happy at a certain weight, another person of the same weight may not feel satisfied and happy. Your body is yours and you decide.

I believe you should never be ashamed of your weight. I also believe that you should never be ashamed of your desires to lose or gain weight.

I believe different diets work for different people. Some lose weight with low carbs, some don’t. Some like to be vegan, some can’t even imagine not consuming meat and dairy. If you find a diet that makes you feel good, you can be truly happy.

Intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet, shock diets, Mediterranean diet, gluten-free diet, more fiber consumption, sodium reduction… Of course, you can eat with such plans, but I believe you have the right to try different nutrition plans, including but not limited to these. How you eat is up to you and you shouldn’t be criticized or ridiculed for it.

And as for children…

I believe parents have a responsibility to create a physically and emotionally healthy environment around food and weight. This means that parents have many duties, including access to nutritious foods, role models for healthy attitudes and behaviors related to food, and encouragement for exercise. This also means that parents should not criticize their own bodies, talk about dieting or “bad” foods, or cut out food like sweets as punishment

No child should be ashamed of their weight or “diet” I believe he should not do it” . A healthy home environment is important for children, both mentally and physically. But if changes are to be made in a home, such as making more vegetable dishes, they should be made for the health of everyone, not for specific family members depending on body size or weight. Children, like adults, can be of any size and body shape.

I believe in these.

So what do you think about this?

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