More than half of Quebecers are concerned about their weight
According to a Léger survey, 40% of Quebecers feel pressure to do physical activity.
A Léger survey conducted on behalf of ÉquiLibre reveals that 62% of Quebecers would like to lose weight, regardless of their weight. This dissatisfaction with their body would have an impact on their lifestyle and their mental health.
The survey also shows that 42% of Quebecers would experience anxiety or stress to look like beauty standards. In this time of New Year's resolutions, they would be more vulnerable to the marketing of diet culture.
“The diet industry is taking advantage of Quebecers’ vulnerabilities when the holiday season returns. We invite the population to recognize the strategies used by this industry,” says the non-profit organization ÉquiLibre, in a press release.
In this regard, nutritionist Andrée-Ann Dufour Bouchard affirms that the Diet culture makes people believe that losing weight is easy and harmless, which she says is far from the case.
People don't realize that year after year, they make the same weight loss resolutions that are not only ineffective in the long term, but also harmful to their physical and mental health.
Andrée-Ann Dufour Bouchard, nutritionist and chef projects for ÉquiLibre
Consequently, 36% of Quebecers are “obsessed” with controlling their weight. In addition, 69% would find that there are too many comments on people’s weight and appearance on social networks, which would have an impact on their mental health.
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La culture of diets would make the relationship of Quebecers to food more difficult, argues the organization. According to the study, 46% of them control the amount of food they eat. “This concerning statistic […] speaks to the constant struggle with food, and […] stands in the way of developing a positive relationship with food,” says the organization.
The latter reminds us of the importance of respecting the body’s needs and developing the pleasure of eating a variety of foods.
Remember that according to data from the Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ), more than 90% of people who make an attempt to lose weight will regain their initial weight in the following five years. .