Last Wednesday’s New York Times had an interesting article that I thought all you bloggers might enjoy: The Fat Pack Wonders if the Party’s Over. It tracks the phenomenon of foodies using blogs and forums to share their culinary finds and experiences, and explores how this is often at a detriment to their health.
It’s fairly interesting to see the opinions of the foodies. I know they eat a lot of fat and sugar and other unhealthy things, but I’m surprised to see that many of the ignorantly believe that their diet doesn’t matter – they think their large size is just due to genetics. Newsflash: genetics may dictate whether you’re model-thin or average weight (and by average I don’t mean a size 18, as much as the media likes to tell us that’s the average woman’s size), but chances are if you are 6’1″ and weigh 240 pounds (like one of the guys in the article), you did that yourself.
However, this got me thinking about the blogging culture. These foodies seem to be blinded by being part of a community where fats, oils, and sugars are good; where eating more than four full meals a day is the norm. Additionally, I’ve heard about the opposite: there are “pro-anorexia” communities, where girls (and probably guys too, but I’ll be stereotypical) support each other’s eating disorders. I haven’t actually been to one of these, but my understanding is that girls will post pictures of their emaciated bodies and say things like “oh yeah, you coulddefinitely lose another 5 pounds or so. Keep up the good work!”
It all just makes you wonder… what kind of blinders do we have in our running/dieting/fitness community? I think we’re a pretty healthy, realistic bunch, but what would we see if we stepped back from the big picture? Do we exercise too much – is it really okay to run 20 miles a week? Do we focus on calories too much and deprive ourselves of too many desserts? Do we neglect our friends and family because we have to get out for a run/off to the gym? Or is it something else?
Your comments are welcome – I really have no idea.