Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Theology of Dieting

Today, the New York Times ran an article reporting the results of a major study showing that low fat diets do absolutely nothing for people. The evidence is overwhelming, but nevertheless, some people refuse to believe.

"What we are saying is that a modest reduction of fat and a substitution with fruits and vegetables did not do anything for heart disease and stroke or breast cancer or colorectal cancer," said Dr. Nanette Wenger, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Emory University Medical School. "It doesn't say that this diet is not beneficial," she added.

As far as I can tell, they've just proved that low fat diets have absolutely no health benefits. So, the only possible benefits must be spiritual, which by definition are unprovable. The Earth Mother must love people who eat food that tastes bad.


Blogger Tobie said...

It is amazing how unhealthiness has become the one thing that everyone can agree is immoral and obesity is the one thing that everyone is still allowed to be mocked for. Everyone is able to work up a good moral indignation about smoking and not much else.

1:45 PM

Blogger miriam said...

hi there,
(i hope i'm welcome despite being unrealted, but i have an affinity for silly health food and was therefore moved to post...)

rather than prove "absolutely no" health benefits, they proved the lack of four important health benefits. admittedly, the promise of these benefits is probably one of the main reasons people go on low-fat diets. but:

1 - some people go low-fat to lose weight, and that may work (i don't know the reasearch)

2 - current nutritional research makes the category of "low-fat" somewhat obsolete - not all fats are the same, nor are all vegetables, etc... (this is mentioned in the article)

3 - once they start eating more veggeis, many people actually either like the food itself and/or the way they think it makes them feel on a daily basis. i've known a lot of ppl to report (this is all based on personal/vicarious anecdotes) feeling better in various non-descript ways which are probably quantifiable if someone takes the time. such benefits may or may not be psychosomatic, but they are probably not "purely spiritual."

so let's all sing the "captain vegetable" song (you have little kids, so i assume they watch sesame street...) together and eat some whole wheat spaghetti... ;)
happy tuesday

4:43 PM


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