Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Food for Thought: Excerpt from Women Food and God 2

"The most challenging part of any system that addresses weight-related issues is that unless it also addresses the part of you that wants something you can't name--the heart of your heart, not the size of your thighs--it won't work.

We don't want to be thin because thinness is inherently life-affirming or lovable or healthy. If this were true, there would be no tribes in Africa in which women are fat and regal and long-lived. There would be no history of matriarchies in which women's fecundity and sheer physical abundance were worshipped.

We want to be thin because thinness is the purported currency of happiness and peace and contentment in our time. And although that currency is a lie--the tabloids are filled with miserable skinny celebrities--most systems of weight loss fail because they don't live up to their promise:

[W]eight loss does not make people happy. Or peaceful. Or content.

Being thin does not address the emptiness that has no shape or weight or name. Even a wildly successful diet is a colossal failure because inside the new body is the same sinking heart. Spiritual hunger can never be solved on the physical level." {geneen roth}

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