Food Is Not A Moral Issue

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Once again, Terry talks about diet, weight and our emotions. This time, she attacks the feelings of food as a moral issue.

She is astute enough to notice that she has made food a moral issue. How many times have I felt just as she does here?

“At the end of the day when I tally up the calories in my diet notebook, I feel smug and virtuous when the total is minuscule and guilty when it’s higher than the day before. I don’t just feel that I’ve let myself down. I feel like a bad person.”

When faced with 300 calories of Lean Cuisine or 300 calories of ice cream, she has very strict ideas. Dinner is GOOD and ice cream is BAD. Fortunately, she is working to change her perceptions.

“I don’t think the choice should carry a moral imperative. A once a month serving of ice cream shouldn’t have the ability to destroy my sense of self. But in the moral universe, it does.”

In the end, she’s right. Learning to love ourselves when we’re thin and when we’re overweight is the only way to have a healthy body AND mind.

“Beating ourselves up in self-loathing isn’t conductive to improving our nutrition. In the end, it’s no one’s business but our own. I can’t change anyone else’s judgment of me, but I can change my own.”

Good for you, Terry! Keep up the good work!


3 Responses to “Food Is Not A Moral Issue”

  1. Bella Says:

    I feel the same way as you do…I can hate myself for gaining 2 pounds over the weekend for the whole week until I loose it. So many negative images reflecting on fat people that it makes you terrified to gain a couple of pounds when I have 15 still to loose. I’m at 150 and 5’3″. I’ve struggles with weight my whole life. I try to focus on getting my hour of cardio and 2 days of weight train in to know that I haven’t let myself down. My friend’s youngest daughters at the age of 7 are now facing issues like diet pills and it scares me. These little girls should be focusing on playing and enjoying their youth, not about how fat they are. Love themselves.

  2. www.iportion.com Says:

    Ice-cream is not messily bad. Fat doesn’t mean evil or even ugly. There are people who look good fat or thin. Fat is just fat. Yes there are evil fat people just as there are evil thin people but people aren’t evil or bad or wrong because they are overweight. I lost weight for health reasons. It’s funny how some people treat me. I worked hard when I was fat.

  3. Becky Says:

    Wieght loss is very emotional.I get jealous of my friend and family for eating what I want.I have to remind myself it’s a lifestyle change and regular excersize plus healthier food and portions are worth it.

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