The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God and I will praise him, my father’s God and I will exalt him.
National Geographic’s latest issue is on fat: why so many Americans are overweight and what people are doing about it, as well as what they should be doing about it. Perhaps my lack of social awareness in the past has prevented me from noticing this, but does it seem like diets have taken a turn for the stupider. I’ve written about the Atkins diet before (and continue to wonder why, if his diet worked so well, Atkins didn’t let his body be autopsied after he died to prove his arteries weren’t horribly clogged with all the fat he’d consumed. It’s what a good scientist would have done, been autopsied), and I’ve been living on and off with Ian’s family on the South Beach diet (I hear John Edwards’ wife is on that diet. Maybe it makes the constituents feel closer to her, and more likely to vote Democrat this election?). It seems that there are a couple of different motivations for dieting: one, to lose weight; two, to be healthy. Some people truly do present a medical risk to themselves by remaining at their current weight—the National Geographic article, for instance, opened by talking about a 5’5” woman who weighed over 300 lbs. That isn’t healthy and obviously drastic measures need to be taken to help her lose some of that weight.