What do you think about this article?
I have a major issue with this article because it is based on a whole hell of a lot of suppositions.
“What if a person is overweight because they’re frequently hungry? Instead of taking a pledge, why not find out why you’re always hungry? There can be a medical reason for this (e.g., hypoglycemia).”
Uhm… exactly. If someone is hungry all the time, then they have a malfunction in their body that needs to be addressed. HAES doesn’t ignore things like that. You are allowed to address your medical needs. I, myself, until a few years ago, never actually knew what it was to be satisfied by food. I could be stuffed to the point of misery but my body still told me to eat. I had to learn, by watching others, what was an acceptable amount of food to consume. I treated my issues, and now I get full before I am miserable and the feeling is amazing. I can now eat until I am satisfied and not eat until I am actually hungry. Imagine that.
“Eating the wrong foods, for instance, can make it difficult to achieve satisfaction until after a large volume of food has been eaten. Who here hasn’t still been freaking hungry after eating one frozen pasta dinner, even with a salad alongside it? I’ve eaten three of these damn things in one sitting and still been left with hunger, which is why years ago, I ditched these highly processed products.”
HAES teaches people about nutrients in foods and does not just tell people to eat whatever the hell they want. It teaches you to listen to your body and it encourages injecting healthy whole foods into your diet. The book actually outlines why some foods are not really that good for you but doesn’t ever tell you that you can’t have them. It gives people power over their bodies. That you can choose what you eat and you can trust yourself to make the right choices for your body. Ultimately the choice is up to the individual and if they make bad choices, those choices are theirs to make. We don’t have to control everyone and what they decide to eat.
“The third HAES tenet is “Enjoy your food.” The problem here is that for many people, this approach would eliminate fresh vegetables (or fruits or whole grains). HAES says to avoid eating while driving, walking or watching TV, which is good, but “Enjoy your food” implies eat only the foods you love.
People will make all sorts of excuses to get out of wisely interpreting a tenet when it comes to eating, and will end up taking a suggestion too literally. “Enjoy your food” for some will mean eat mostly junk food.”
This person has no idea what they are talking about. She hasn’t done her research. I wish people would research things before they say crap like this. Ugh… I can’t even on this one…. but I will say that if someone chooses to eat whatever they hell they want to, then how is that anyone else’s business?
“HAES preaches intuitive eating. But that’s the problem! Eating intuitively has led to a lot of excess body fat and/or medical problems like heart disease and high blood pressure.
If I ate based on intuition and enjoyment, I’d be eating nothing but chocolate cake, brownies with ice cream, pizza, white bread, butter flake biscuits and sloppy joes. What about you?”
The author obviously has no idea what intuitive eating actually is. How do you think someone would feel if all they ate were the foods she listed? I know I would feel like a giant pile of shit. That is way to much starch for me. How do I know? Because I listen to my body. If I eat sugar or a lot of white starchy foods I have what I call a sugar hangover the next day. Now, if I am being intuitive about my food selections, does it not stand to reason that I will not like the way those foods make me feel and limit or avoid consumption of them?
So basically this article acts like we are all too dumb to know how to run our own bodies and our own lives. We need someone to tell us how to eat and we should totally not trust ourselves at all….