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Fat shaming food columnist in WaPo

It’s kind of amazing but here we are: a food columnist writes about how diets are shams, how they statistically don’t work, and they play on people’s desires to live a different life – all good things to point out – and yet – yet!! – the piece ends with her describing how she, in fact, loses weight on diets anyway, because, and I quote:

My hat is off to the people who are comfortable at whatever weight they are and focus on other aspects of their health. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them; being fat made me unhappy. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2023/01/23/weight-loss-diets-fasting-keto/

So, we are left to assume that it is after all a choice, and that dieting does work, but just not commercial dieting? Give me a break lady.

When you admit that diets don’t work, stop with the fat shaming.

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  1. Sara
    January 24, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    imo a much more interesting article would be reflection upon knowing diets don’t work vs the cultural and emotional forces that make her still want to follow them.

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  2. January 24, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I copied and pasted this from Beacon Health and Fitness.

    “Do you know the difference between dieting and a lifestyle change? The biggest difference between the two is that dieting is a short term process and a lifestyle change is long term. Although different, dieting and lifestyle changes have a common ground.”

    I participated in a short term diet once in 1982, the only one I have ever tried out.

    For health reasons, I decided to give a vegan diet a short term tryout. It started out as short term and I had decided that if I didn’t see any improvements in my declining health and weight gain within six months, I’d go back to my fast food and booze diet.

    Forty-one years later, I’m still living a vegan lifestyle. That reveals the results of the only short term diet I ever gave a try.

    The first year I was a vegan, I lost more than 60 pounds and my skin tone turned sort of orange (I was drinking a lot of organic carrot juice – probably to compensate for all the sugar laden foods I’d left behind.
    I used to drink Dr. Pepper daily by the quart.).

    During my 2nd year as a vegan, my weight stabilized, reaching about 180 pounds ( I was 6’4″ back then) and stayed there for decades with slight pound or two variations. I could eat all the organic, whole, vegan food I wanted and gain no weight. I should mention that when I transition my lifestyle to a vegan one, I also stopped consuming a lot of sugar laden foods and drinks. And I’m still drinking organic carrot juicer, but not enough to turn me orange again.

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  3. Madeleine Glick
    January 24, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Dear Cathy,

    After reading your email I wanted to share another interesting quote from the Washington Post regarding pregnancy as an”unusual condition” equivalent to dwarfism and gigantism. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2023/01/24/irish-giant-skeleton-museum/

    Medical ethics were not really a thing back then, and surgeons and medical students on both sides of the Atlantic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-need-cadavers-19th-century-medical-students-raided-baltimores-graves-180970629/ were notorious graverobbers. Typical targets were deceased prisoners and the poor — and, in the United States, African American cemeteries — but scientists like Hunter were also interested in bodies with unusual conditions, like pregnancy, dwarfism and gigantism.

    Thank you for your writings, Madeleine

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  4. MJ
    January 26, 2023 at 11:50 am

    As someone who works on food and agriculture, and has had encounters with that columnist in the past, I would just say that it is not surprising that her piece would show her to be, let’s say, an unreliable narrator.

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