Oftentimes, dieting is a broad term with a variety of conversations surround it. The main central debate about this topic is whether or not people should engage to and care about dieting due to all of the controversial misconceptions around it, which I talked about in my Kairos Rhetorical paper. Despite of that, there are multiple conversations that have been rising around the subject.
The most related and main conversation associated with dieting is body image. In term of definition, body image is defined by health professional Carla Rice as “an individual’s experience of his or her body. It is the mental picture a person has of his or her body as well as the individual’s associated thoughts, feelings, judgments, sensations, awareness and behavior”. The problem with this whole conversation between dieting and body image is that young adults are growing up with the knowledge that they are going on diet, dangerous diet, in fact, because of the society influences. Furthermore, teenagers learn what society considers an ideal physique primarily from the media. They are bombarded with images in magazines, movies, on television, and in music that decree what is fashionable and attractive. It does not matter that the vast majority of us don’t look like the women we are taught to adore. Thus, this is when weigh loss diet becomes the essential factor to this transformation, or so we are told with both words and pictures. And the more we come to believe this truth, the more we absorb other messages as well — our souls will only feel good when our bodies looks good; that we can never be happy unless we strive for physical perfection.
I believe that the underrepresented conversation revolving with this topic is the positivity of dieting. While the majority focus on the what media portrays the image of dieting into this horrible concept, doctors and nutritionists are trying to promote the beauty behind this topic. What people should know about healthy diet is that it can strong affect their health in a very positive way, medically speaking. According to a writer in Seattle Times, “A number of dieters have reduced their calorie intake by 30% or more in the belief that fewer calories will increase the body’s resistance to disease and prolong aging. Study after study in worms, flies, spiders, guppies, yeast, mice and rats shows slashing calorie intake by about 30 percent lengthens life span by about the same percentage. If the strategy works in humans, that would translate into as many as 20 extra years for people”. In addition to this perspective, different kind of healthy diet helps people with different things as well. Winston J. Craig, a professor of nutrition states that “Studies have found that vegetarians tend to have lower overall cancer rates, as well as a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity than non-vegetarians. Such health advantages may be partly explained by the nutritional differences between plant foods and animal-based foods. For example, vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have higher levels of dietary fiber, vitamins C and E, flavonoids, and phytochemicals”.