Spring Break Shouldn't Be About Dieting

Far too many individuals start a vicious cycle of dieting and rebounding for spring break

Mar 27, 2012, 09:38 ET from Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

CHICAGO, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As we find ourselves in the middle of spring break season, far too many young women begin to diet and exercise in order to feel comfortable in a bathing suit. And for many, this is often the start of something more dangerous. What seems to begin with good intent can turn into unhealthy levels of exercise and even eating disorders.

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"It is said that 95 percent of all diets fail," said Amy Sullivan, outreach representative at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and a registered dietitian. "Many pre-spring break dieters give up their diet on or after spring break and when this happens, overeating is often the result. This rebound effect can lead to feelings of low self-worth and depression."

The effects of dieting can take a toll on the body. Dieting can cause slowed metabolism, increased weight over time, weakened immune systems and changes in mood.

The Gail R. Schoenbach F.R.E.E.D. Foundation (For Recovery & Elimination of Eating Disorders) is offering individuals a way to discourage dangerous dieting for spring break by signing the Spring Break Pledge 2012. Even if you don't get a "spring break", everyone is encouraged to sign the pledge in order to promote healthier behaviors.

"Rather than focusing on body shape and size, I recommend spring breakers focus on meaningful issues like friendship, relaxation, and pleasurable activities," adds Sullivan. "The Spring Break Pledge is a terrific opportunity for individuals to say 'no' to dieting and attempting to change their body shape and size."

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 – 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders.  Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus.  Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy.  For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, and LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls.

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