extreme/exacting diets & the neoliberal agenda

Commented on November 02, 2012
Created November 02, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Thinking out loud here???

In the last 30 years or so a kajillion new diets have been introduced to the USA. Most have one big thing in common: they are extremely difficult to follow for any extended period. Of course, this helps create a market for NEW diets, since so many people "fail" at the ones they already tried.

But I also wonder if this trend doesn't also serve another agenda, the neoliberal one. Trying to follow an extreme/exacting diet not only keeps people highly distracted, while they fret about whether they ate a piece of tropical fruit at the wrong time of day or if it's OK to have milk with their toast and peanut butter, it also deflects their attention from the other factors that determine health ??? namely, access to medical care.

Neoliberals don't want universal public health care. If they can get people not to want it either, or not to think about it at all, but to attribute their health issues to personal diet "failures", it makes the neoliberal's job that much easier. "I don't need to see a doctor (that I can't afford anyway), this abdominal pain is obviously caused by the grain/meat/vegetable/fruit/whatever I ate when I caved that time".




on November 02, 2012
at 09:43 PM

"...neoliberalism has undergone a striking transformation, from a positive label coined by the German Freiberg School to denote a moderate renovation of classical liberalism, to a normatively negative term associated with radical economic reforms in Pinochet’s Chile." http://people.bu.edu/tboas/neoliberalism.pdf Anyway, what is the point of your question? Are you looking for discussion, or simply trying to make a point in the guise of a question? I'm genuinely curious.



on November 02, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Actually this is the first time I have encountered someone who thought of the word as a pejorative. But anyway, the definition here is what I had in mind: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/neoliberalism.asp#axzz2B5yOcDdK



on November 02, 2012
at 07:26 PM

Why don't we start by you defining what you mean by "neoliberal" then maybe we can suggest an alternative, less inflammatory label?



on November 02, 2012
at 06:25 PM

OK. What would be a better word?



on November 02, 2012
at 06:22 PM

You might benefit from focusing on writing in a way that doesn't aim to be political slander. Pejoratives like "neoliberal" don't make for an objective presentation.

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