Stop Dieting And Start Living Essay
The main subject of “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating” by Mary
Maxfield is how to successfully live a healthy lifestyle and how much dieting really effects a
person’s health. The main question posed by this article is: should eating be looked at as right or
wrong, or as a natural part of life? Maxfield states that, “Allison and other HAES nutritionists
suggest that adult humans will eat in a way that is good for them, given the opportunity”
(Maxfield, 446). This quote answers the question very well, I believe. Eating is a completely
natural thing, and there is no such thing as a right or a wrong thing to do when it comes to eating;
if you listen to your body it will tell you what to do to live a healthy lifestyle.
My reasoning for this is very simple; I have never dieted nor have either of my parents.
We all eat when we are hungry and live fairly normal lifestyles, we do not go the gym every day
but we also do not sit on the couch doing nothing all day either. I have always maintained a
healthy weight as have my parents, we have simply listened to our bodies and did as it told us to
do and maintained a healthy lifestyle because of it.
Another reason I have for this is that dieting has only recently came into the picture;
before dieting was popular people were not morbidly obese, they were generally healthy and
thriving. Patricia Corrigan, an author for NextAvenue says “In 1920, weight-loss…