Facebook, how I loath you sometimes
A few days ago, I came across a graphic in my timeline. The attached comment said, “You will be shocked how the weight will fall off you, if you eliminate CRAP!”
Here’s the thing, besides being elitist as anything (because not everybody has the time or energy to cook everything from scratch, which is what this graphic is saying), it also doesn’t work for everybody.
This is just like saying there’s no such thing as a fat vegetarian. It’s simply not true.
Now, I am one to suggest to people (when they ask) to avoid as much processed and artificial foods as they can. Then again, as a stay-at-home wife with no kids, I have the luxury of making the homemade foods that require more than five minutes to nuke. What’s more, I love making food. The more difficult it is to make, the more fussy it is to get right, the more I love the challenge of it. The only reason I haven’t tried a souffle yet is because I’m doing research on how high altitude affects the rise in a souffle.
But back to the graphic — or rather, to the attached comment.
Eating “good food” (as a person can) should be it’s own reward. Having something that tastes good and is healthy (as we currently understand healthy, because that descriptor seems to change all the time) is something that should be a no-brainer.
But besides that, the comment is saying that it’s the fat person’s “fault” we are fat. The comment is saying, “You’re lazy because you only want to have highly-processed food (which is fast to cook). You’re lazy because after working and commuting 10 hours a day, picking up your children from their after-school activities (or maybe just after-school daycare), you still need to do laundry, help the children with their homework, AND you can’t seem to figure out how to make a homemade meal using all-natural ingredients (and clean the kitchen) and get the kids bathed and in bed before 9? Whatsa-matta-u? And you have no willpower because you drink all these high-calorie carbonated beverages and eat all these foods with refined sugars in them! No wonder you are so fat! If you just cut all that out, you’ll lose weight without even trying!”
It’s like the calories in/calories out myth. When brought to the light of scrutiny, it just doesn’t hold water. And it can be shown to be extremely shaming and blaming. Even if weight loss actually had any real impact on health (instead of aesthetics), shaming a person never worked to do anything other than make the person being shamed feel terrible.