26 Jun '11, 3pm

Wellness By Numbers:

Wellness By Numbers:

In this article , which I recently stumbled upon, John Robbins celebrates the success of a woman named Natala, who lost 200 pounds, but doesn’t say anything about what she had to go through to accomplish that. My argument is that, by failing to show us the struggle, Robbins only makes the reader feel guilty for not accomplishing what Natala has accomplished, and minimizes the bumpy reality of personal growth. A friend of mine agrees. She said that the article is also unhelpful because it celebrates weight loss, while ignoring the fact that many people, particularly women, are underweight and need to gain weight to be healthy. Hannah’s comment made me think about how we define health and wellness in American culture. We tend to want to quantify it. A food is “good” or “bad” if it has x grams of carbs and x number of calories. The numbers on the scale, we want to believe, ar...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/wellness-by-numbers-2.html

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