Food As Thought : Resisting The Moralization Of Eating Essay

707 Words Feb 9th, 2015 3 Pages
To eat, or not to eat: that is the question. Americans today often find themselves overwhelmed by the cornucopia of nutritional advice that they have to digest. In “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating,” Mary Maxfield asserts that Americans are being brainwashed into believing that they need to follow dietary advice to be healthy. Pointing out that our ancestors lived healthfully without this advice, she advocates that Americans should ignore dieting opinions and instead listen to what their bodies are saying. In other words, Americans should eat whatever they want because their bodies know best. However, her proposal fails to take into account what I consider to be important variables such as the consequence of ignorance, the combination of indulgence and laziness, and the impact of modern lifestyles which all play a role in our food choices. Americans ' ignorance creates the need for nutritional guidance. Maxfield 's view that Americans should eat whatever they want is analogous to letting a child play wherever they desire without supervision. Americans generally need counsel when it comes to what they should eat and how much they should eat; without guidance, ignorance can lead to unhealthful food choices and harmful portion sizes. In his book, The Great American Detox Diet, Alex Jamieson points out that, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60 percent of the American population is overweight,” going on to explain,…

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