Focusing on Health BeyonD The Scale and helping you REcover from DISORDERED EAting, Dieting and negative body image.
Our overall aim is to help women heal their relationship with food, exercise and their bodies. At BTBS we:
- Recognise that dieting is a health problem in itself, rather than the answer to improved health.
- Recognize that you do not need to be a certain weight, BMI or dress size in order to improve your overall health.
- Recognise that clinical research demonstrates the harmful long-term effects of dieting and weight cycling, both physically and psychologically.
- Feel that mental well-being and a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image is a vital aspect of overall health. There's no health without mental health.
- Promote body diversity and acceptance, taking an intuitive approach to eating, finding the joy in movement (rather than using exercise as tool for weight loss) and self-compassion.
- Recognise that there are more effective ways to assess a person's health than the scale, and advocate for tracking bio-markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Believe you can't tell how physically or psychologically healthy a person is just by looking at them.
- Feel that the medical community and health professionals should be focusing on overall health, mental health and lifestyle factors, rather than the reductionist approach of focusing on weight loss.
- Stand against a fitness industry that promotes diet culture and an obsession with body shape, weight, #fitspo, and 'clean eating'.
- Define 'fitness' as improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and flexibility. Not by a body type.
- Believe that diet culture and its obsession with weight loss, is detrimental to mental well-being and encourages a slide into disordered eating and eating disorders.
- Recognise that eating disorders can affect absolutely anyone of any size, weight, age, gender, ethnicity, social class and disability.
- Promote recovery from disordered eating and eating disorders by signposting to useful resources and qualified health professionals.
- Promote recovery from dieting by sharing relevent research and information, as well as collaborating with qualified experts..