the moral sanctity of the healthy eater
Brush off your haloes, folks, because we are entering the realm of the divine.
If you think food is for fuel and nutrients and pleasure and happiness, you are wrong. Dead wrong, and soon to be simply dead. Food is solely a vehicle for displaying one’s moral superiority.
This nugget of toxic, smug health advice comes from a perfectly nice hippie and former co-resident of mine, through a group email list. Residents were discussing a BBC article about the health merits of tea, and he responded, in part:
Also, I recommend that you minimize or eliminate sugar with tea, or high fructose corn syrup (as in Snapple), to help avoid other health effects such as obesity, diabetes, etc. Fructose (half of sucrose, cane sugar) is toxic to the liver, unless you earn the right to consume a small amount of it through vigorous exercise.
Thing One: Weight itself is not a “health effect” or whatever euphemism you want to use because fat is so scary you daren’t discuss it by name. A lot of people make a lot of money saying it is, but that doesn’t make it so.
Thing Two: “Earn the right.” “to consume a small amount of it.” “through vigorous exercise.” Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.
I’m sorry I can’t discuss that last one intelligently, but bundled up inside it are so many disordered ideas about eating and food I don’t even know where to begin. For my mental health and yours, it might be better to leave it unpacked. Good lord.
I helped make this cake last week, and then I helped eat it.
First, however, I walked through the streets naked but for a loincloth, flagellating myself. I had to earn it.
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