If you open a
newspaper or a magazine – they are sure to contain a recipe
diet; the television and radio are “swarming” with
this kind of
rules – everybody (seldom the physicians) instruct us how and
to eat; the internet is “chocked up” with pieces of
the background of this „din“, we all witness from
time to time
the „appearance” of a „new“
diet. There is no question
that this new diet („the wonder working“ diet) is
the key to success:
you will lose weight without effort, you
will be healthier, you will save money, and most importantly
will be able to eat as much as you wish!
Just like in a beautiful tale – in which, at the end, the
fairy enjoys herself at a huge feast alongside the entire people.
Sometimes there are several conditions attached to the diet –
have to buy some powders, drugs, miraculous drops at a considerable
price! (I will deal with this subject in a future article).
are these diets
Do they really bringf orward novelideas?
What is their outcome?
an empirical analysis of some of the „wonder diets“
– I found
out that all of them are based mainly on the following elements:
around 70% of the actual diet is based on medical knowledge,
that is medical prescriptions validated with the passing of time and
at the same time a proof of „common sense“;
of the diet is, let’s call it, „the
novelty“: sometimes they
are medical hypotheses, more or
less controversial and
insufficiently studied; other times they cannot even be called
hypotheses; this is usually the component that provides the diet with
the attribute „wonder“ – for instance I
choose a random name
(so as not to upset anyone): dietdependent
rest of about 20% has nothing to do with the diet itself and it is
nothing else but presentation, show,
or whatever you want to call it, and it depends a great deal on
promotion and the media trusts (newspapers, television channels and
is the overall effect of these diets?
I say this I bear in mind the statistics carried out at a global
level - obesity and sedentariness have reached alarming proportions
both in the United States and in Europe .
there are obviously no effects at a global level, what drives people
to keep track of and talk about these „wonder“
diets? I think we
are dealing here with one of mankind’s
however generalizing) – we want only ready-made things,
with no effort or, if there is any amount of effort involved, let
somebody else take it (the medicine, the supplement, the masseur, the
sports teacher etc.) but not us! We mustn’t forget the
– we are all in search of (yet) another motive for going on /
continuing such a diet, because somewhere in our subconscious we know
that we do not want restrictions. And, in addition to this, the show
(“the piece of bread and the circus”) really
“appeals” to us!
examine carefully the previous paragraph, you will find the answer to
the question: “why do physicians get but rarely results in
recommending a particular diet and a lifestyle”? Simply
health care providers acquaint the patient only with the validated
part of the medical knowledge (i.e. those 70%), information so
frequently repeated that it has turned into a
top of this – it is precisely these trivialities”
which make up
the essence – I mean, if these
were to be abided by,
terrific amount of mankind’s personal and global nutritional
would be solved.
do these “wonder” diets manage to achieve? Show,
turning valuable information into a matter of trifling importance (if
you talk too much about something – then nobody will be
give it the due consideration), while the
“successes” put on show
seem to be due mostly to obeying the basic rules.
safe alternative to these nutritional “experiments”
individual’s will to abide by a minimum set of
commonsensical rules and moderation.
universal panacea has not (yet) been discovered!
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