I’ve recently been banned from two internet forums: my voice is no longer heard. And what sin did I commit? Putting human interest before those of business.
Let me give you some background. Many years ago I was a fitness coach, studied nutrition and, amongst my clients, there were many whose goal was weight loss. I’ve also had close experience of people with eating disorders so, in some respects, food is important to me.
Whether somebody eats too much or too little the issue is the same: their relationship with food is out of balance. And that’s a pretty big issue all on its own. However, the more I’ve looked into this, the more I see an ever-widening gap between the human interest of people being healthy and business interests. When I say business interests I mean the food industry (additives, fast foods and processed foods), the diet industry and the pharmaceutical industry.
Look at this scenario. Additives and chemicals are added to processed foods. Many of these such as sugars and sweeteners are addictive so people eat more and get fat. As they get fat they develop health problems and so are prescribed drugs. To get healthier they go on a diet. Diets are not sustainable in the long term and they fail. They get depressed and eat more and the vicious cycle begins all over again. At the same time the food industry, drug industry and diet industry are just making bigger and bigger profits.
Based on my experience I put together an E-book explaining why dieting is not the answer and offering a plan that works. As part of my research I’ve been frequenting dieting forums (who incidentally advertise a lot of different diets and I’m sure get paid handsomely for doing so).
So, my first ban came when I responded to somebody who said they were anorexic and wanted advice on the foods they were actually eating. I dared to suggest that they seek help. I was banned from the forum with no indication when I might be allowed back.
Close to that one my second ban came from a dieting forum. This forum gets thousands of messages a day from people on diets. The interesting thing is that a lot of them have been on diets for a very long time, bouncing from one to another, getting bigger and more depressed. I have been advocating healthy eating as opposed to any commercial diet and guess what? I get banned. Underneath the message telling me I am banned is a reinstatement date. Mine says ‘Never’.
When will we realise that putting business interests above human interests is a long term nuclear bomb? When will individuals wake up, put down their fatty snacks and see what’s happening? When will ‘now’ become ‘too late’?
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
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