Interesting quote from Sacred Stacks by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell:
Redefined Contemporary Sins
“We no longer worry about saving our eternal souls. Rather, generalized anxiety about obesity, health, love and money bedevil us today. The American obsession with fat is a prime example of the conflagration of consumer culture, therapeutic remedies, and re-imagined sin. Fat has been demonized, claims Dinitia Smith in a New York Times article. Historians and cultural critics are beginning to see that the American obsession with obesity is based less on science and more on morality. We feel guilty about the abundance of food and excesses of our consumer culture. Some social critics claim dieting fads are a new kind of puritanism, with dieting becoming a way to express virtue and self-control.” (Page 65)
Interesting, eh? Guilt-induced dieting. Sounds a LOT like…oh… ANY sort of dieting. Any thoughts to add on this lovely Wednesday?
ETA: Here’s the link to the NYTs article mentioned.