So, you may have heard about the ridiculous bill being proposed in Mississippi that would weigh people at the doors of restaurants and then refuse service to the obese. Because fat people should be prohibited from eating entirely, obviously. GREAT IDEA!
A suggestion has now been made to modify the bill and apply it only to children—and I guess, not allow children to order anything over 500 calories. Harriet Brown says:
What’s the cutoff here? 500 calories = OK, 600 calories = instant obesity?… Do we really want a double quarter pounder with cheese to become the Holy Grail of a generation of children?
Rachel’s post today about cupcakes also addresses the dangers of demonizing food.
And as eating disorder therapist Matthew Tiemeyer reports, when parents label foods as bad and off-limits, or ban certain foods outright, the practice is usually bound to backfire. Not only does restricting food increase the desire for the food, it also encourages binging and eating in secret…
A healthy relationship with food requires us to separate how we feel from what we eat. We are not “good” if we order the salad, nor are we “bad” if we order the pizza. What we eat defines who we are no more than the numbers on the scale determine our self-worth.
I agree completely that we shouldn’t assign moral values to foods, and I also am appalled that anyone would actually propose a bill BANNING FAT PEOPLE FROM EATING. For those people who think fat is in any way considered acceptable in the world, we’ll call this Exhibit A.
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