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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Standing up to the diet industry or David vs Goliath
Taking on big corporations (emphasising our issue is with the corporation Jenny Craig, and not the CEO, Amy Smith) takes courage. Charlotte Bevan, UK, writes from her heart in explaining why:
They never like anything that upsets the status quo or threatens their income stream.
I think we have to remember that we live in a world where fat – all fat – is bad and we are about to all die of obesity. No one in the real world seems to get that Jenny Craig (owned by Nestle) is in the business of making money – a lot of money – not in the business of making us happy, healthy bunnies. Repeat business is what they need to sustain their profit levels and repeat business is what they get from hundreds of thousands of (mainly) women, with their self esteem in shreds, because of a number on a scale.
It is nothing but a number, people. It is not a measure of physical or mental health. Whether people are eating disordered or not, this constant bullying by the diet industry, which has no evidence base to support its more preposterous claims of becoming happier by losing half a stone (7 lbs or 3.2 kg), is putting people’s mental health at severe risk and ruining lives.
Jeez, they have more power than the tobacco industry had in the 1960s and PEOPLE BELIEVE THEM.