I put this in the Nutrition forum, but I though it would also be appropriate here, since you guys and gals always seem up for a good discussion.
My local NPR station ran this story this morning:
Does It Really Take One to Know One?
He then goes on to compare food addiction to alcoholism:I knew this very thin, elegant, middle-aged couple. He was a college physical education professor. She taught English. We found ourselves in a cafeteria line one day. They commented, with a self-righteous edge, on the bad choices so many people make when they eat. The trays of these two were, of course, loaded with reasonable portions of low-fat, fresh, whole-grain food.
I responded by telling them the story of a good friend who'd always had the most perfect peaches and cream complexion. She just couldn't understand why everybody didn't follow simple rules of hygiene so their skin could look like hers. Then one day, in her late twenties, she developed a case of acne like what rest of us had had to struggle with as adolescents. My friend quickly stopped believing that people with imperfect complexions had gotten what they deserved.
Those professors didn't get the point of my story, though. They stuck to their belief that good eating was achievable by anybody willing to bring their reason and will to bear on their intake. Thank God this couple hadn't made a career out of counseling people with eating disorders.
I don't know, but this is a little too bleeding-heart for me. I tend to side with the two "skinny, uptight couple of college professors".Many alcoholics have told me that, until you've been through the hell of alcoholism, you cannot really understand what goes on within the tortured skin of someone who's drinking is still out of control.
His first comparison, acne, is caused primarily by hormonal changes that cannot be controlled by hygiene. And I don't think comparing it to alcoholism is fair either. I could be wrong, but I thought alcoholism is a physical addiction (withdrawals, etc.), while overeating is purely psychological.
I'm not denying that everyone is different, and some people have a much higher tendency to put on fat. Also, I don't deny that eating in moderation can be difficult when you're surrounded by decadent food choices. But it seems to me that this doctor holds some resentment at this attractive couple. I wonder what was on his lunch plate?