The Division of Nutrition and Weight Realities of the Society for Nutrition Education
(SNE) is a group of SNE members committed to promoting health at every size. Thought
bullets for this month come from the Spring 1999 issue of the Divisions newsletter.
- Resources are needed to promote healthy weight standards beyond the current body mass
index and height/weight charts.
- Individuals engaged in promotion of size acceptance and health at every size should
consider themselves "pioneers" of a new weight paradigm.
- With the best intentions, weight goals for overweight and obese individuals may do more
harm than good. Promotion of strict weight guidelines ignore the negative consequences of
dieting and the association with eating disorders.
- We can no longer ignore the lack of effective long-term weight loss treatments. The
probability of weight loss failure and rebound weight gain adds only further to
individuals sense of body dissatisfaction and the continued stigmatization of
- There continues to be a huge profit motive in keeping Americans miserable and
dissatisfied about their weights.
- The potential for improving health without weight loss is often ignored.
Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD
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