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".
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