This is a fantastic, thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the wellness movement, diets in general and how they are like viruses that are destroying women's self-worth. I know people feel fantastic on Whole 30 and I get eating clean. But still...
I love this line about having lunch with some VERY successful women. Yet this is what they talking about:
"Someone was slogging through the Whole30 program, someone had eliminated dairy, and someone else was simply trying to be “good” after a “bad” weekend. The producer said it didn’t matter how “good” she was. She had lost the baby weight and though she may look tolerable in clothes, under the Spanx her stomach was a horror show. The writer said she had so much cellulite on her thighs she looked diseased. I gazed around the restaurant, longingly, wondering what the men eating cheeseburgers were talking about."
I also love this paragraph about food and body image:
"I no longer define food as whole or clean or sinful or a cheat. It has no moral value. Neither should my weight, though I’m still trying to separate my worth from my appearance. They are two necklaces that have gotten tangled over the course of my 35 years, their thin metal chains tied up in thin metal knots. Eventually, I will pry them apart."
Read the whole story here. It's amazing.
Why are so many smart women falling for its harmful, pseudoscientific claims? A few months ago, I had lunch with the writer behind one of my favorite movies of the year, the agent who made the deal and the producer who packaged the project.