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Be a healthy weight

What do the experts say?

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There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that intentional weight loss (dieting) is not a safe and effective way of supporting your health.1

Most people who diet to lose weight will regain the weight within five years2 and often they will lose motivation to support themselves through eating well and enjoyable physical activity.

There is also the very real risk of mental health problems and disordered eating that comes with restriction and focusing too much on numbers on the scale.3

The good news is that you don’t need to change weight to get health benefits from eating well, moving more, quitting smoking and reducing your alcohol intake.4,5 Taking action on one of these things at a time is a great start.


1 Royal Australian College of Physicians (2018) Action to prevent obesity and reduce its impact across the life course- RACP Position Statement on Obesity. Sydney: Royal Australian College of Physicians. Accessed online 24th August 2018 https://www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/advocacy-library/racp-obesity-position-statement.pdf

2 National Health and Medical Research Council (2013) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children in Australia. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council. P.160  Accessed online 24th August 2018 https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/n57_obesity_guidelines_140630.pdf

3 https://www.nedc.com.au/eating-disorders/eating-disorders-explained/disordered-eating-and-dieting/ This has the following statement: Dieting is the number one cause of the onset of an eating disorder

4 Matheson EM, King DE, Everett CJ. Healthy lifestyle habits and mortality in overweight and obese individuals. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2012 Jan 1;25(1):9-15.

5 Khaw K-T, Wareham N, Bingham S, Welch A, Luben R, Day N (2008) Combined Impact of Health Behaviours and Mortality in Men and Women: The EPIC-Norfolk Prospective Population Study. PLoS Med 5(1): e12. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0050012

How can I be a healthy weight for me?

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The best way to be a healthy weight is to stop focusing on weight, and instead focus on looking after yourself, eating well and moving more. There will be some times in your life where looking after yourself may mean that you need to focus on reducing stress by getting help with finances, or getting help with raising children. At these times worrying about your weight is an extra burden that you really do not need.

If you have spent a lot of time worrying about your weight in the past it may be a difficult step to take. Especially as many health practitioners still work in a way that focuses on weight, and weight loss. Here are some tools that may be useful:

Intuitive eating

10 principles for creating a healthy relationship with food, mind and body

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Self-compassion

learn how to be kind and understanding of yourself when confronted with personal failings

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The Butterfly Foundation

a website with a range of information and support for eating disorders and body image issues.

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For personalised advice on how to eat well or be more active, talk to your doctor, health professional or an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

What’s available to help me be a healthy weight?

Below we’ve gathered information from credible organisations to help you, your family and community be a healthy weight.

Mindful eating meditations

available for free on soundcloud, these meditation can help people have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies

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Principles of mindful eating

identifies principles to help people eat mindfully

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What is an eating disorder

a webpage with information about eating disorders, warning signs and symptoms, stages of an eating disorder and risk factors

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Why diets don’t work

explains the physical, social and emotional reasons why diets don’t work

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For parents and carers

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Body image tips for parents and carers

a fact sheet with advice to support you when caring for someone with an eating disorder

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For young people

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Body image tips

a fact sheet to help young people feel and think more positively about their body

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National Eating Disorders Collaboration

a website with information and personalised help for young people

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For early childhood services and schools

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Healthy Young People

resources to help Tasmanian secondary schools make healthy choices easy, positive and normal for students

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Love Your Body Week: for schools and youth organisations

a positive body image awareness campaign to help boost young people’s body confidence

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Tips to support body confidence in schools

a poster with 10 tips to support body image

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For health and community workers

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Eating disorder resources

a range of resources to support health professionals in their roles in the prevention, identification, medical management and referral of patients with eating disorders.

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Love Your Body Week: for schools and youth organisations

a positive body image awareness campaign to help boost young people’s body confidence

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Eating disorders Victoria

Training and resources to identify and respond to people at risk of developing of or experiencing an eating disorder

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For other health and wellbeing resources, visit the Health and community workers page.

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