Disability is a generic term – one which can lead people to discriminate and judge upon. If you see Paralympians and disabled athletes, they have one thing that is common despite which sports they specialise in or the way that disability became the main part of their lives, is that there has been a lack of awareness and diversity within the disability community. When we associate with fitness and nutrition, we see athletes who drink protein powders and has big muscle mass and although some people like to have this lifestyle, they have the most attention when it comes to fitness and nutrition.
Disabled people work so much harder to be recognised into the fitness and nutrition community, but they are not much opportunity for them to shine in the community. Disability has become a barrier to everyone, particularly in fitness and nutrition because it is found that 42% of disabled individuals are more likely to be inactive and so this shows an increase in inactivity within disabled individuals.
By including aspects of fitness and nutrition into the disabled community, it will encourage people to become more active. Accessible features in centres such as gyms and nutrition centres has been limited for a number of years and so we need to change this!
There have been aspects in fitness and nutrition that disabled people are being neglected from which includes:
· The number of disabled influencers
· Lack of awareness about disability health
· Discrimination and prejudice against disabled people
· Lack of activity in the disability community
The number of disabled influencers
The number of influencers on a global basis has increased with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Malala who has impacted pe
ople’s lives on a daily basis, but have you seen a disabled influencer in the same way as you see these celebrities and world leader? No right?! This proves to show that there have not been many influencers which has suited towards the disability community.
Lack of awareness about disability health
Loneliness in disabled people has increased over the last few years as anxiety levels have increased at 4.27 out of 10 compared to 2.66 out of 10, and the anxiety level is even higher with young disabled individual. They feel like there has not been relativity for disabled people in many sectors – including the fitness and nutrition community, and so this can be difficult to bring more awareness into the community.
Discrimination and prejudice against disabled people
Disability and inactive individuals have been always been a taboo topic and I have also faced this growing up as well, and so bullying has increased mainly with young disabled people. To be shown differently with other individuals proves that disability
and health need to integrate together as one!
Lack of activity within the disability community
Despite the disability community created and built up, there has not much awareness and activity shown as it is shown that disabled people are becoming more invisible and alone to face their disability, especially with mental health problems and so they feel like they cannot talk to anyone about their issues.
Bearing in mind about all of these issues that are happening, we need to build a kind of community where people engage and share their story with their wellbeing, as we see this as an important element of increasing awareness about letting disabled people become more active and caring about their wellbeing. Allow yourself to set health goals and find strategies to achieve those goals. Finding accessible features and equipment if you find difficulties to achieve your goals as if you see certain things that are not accessible to you, make sure to tell us so that we can help you through your journey to a healthier lifestyle.