Smash the Wellness Industry – a NYT editorial by Jessica Knoll
I’d like to start my commentary by quoting Red: A History of the Redhead by Jacky Colliss Harvey: “[Red hair] is, with me, as with many other redheads, the single most significant characteristic of my life. If that sounds a little extreme to you, well, you’re obviously not a redhead, are you?”
I am a woman; therefore, I diet. If that sounds a little extreme to you, well, you’re obviously not a woman, are you?
It’s time we did “Smash the Wellness Industry”. What does that mean? Well, make no mistake, as Knoll says, “at its core, ‘wellness’ is about weight loss.” “Wellness” has now become one of my trigger words/phrases, like “lightly breaded” and “light cream sauce.” Oh, we are all about health and wellness, that is why we are avoiding dairy and doubling down on grain bowls… yeah right. You’re trying to lose weight; whether directly and consciously or indirectly by approaching it sideways, you are hoping this will make you thinner, er. more “well”. (Or keep you that way, if you’re already there.)
The article is fantastic start to finish. But here’s the other best part – those who do attempt to finally throw the whole dieting thing out the window are often counseled to do so by first accepting and loving their bodies as they are. Why, Knoll asks? Why indeed. “I think loving our bodies is not only an unrealistic goal in our appearance-obsessed society but also a limiting one. No one is telling men they need to love their bodies to live full and meaningful lives.”
Part of my hopes and dreams as I transition to the big 5-0 involves finally shedding the mentality of the dieter. Just let the whole thing go.
That said, this should be my final word on the boring subject.