Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

The politics of weight loss

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I was exploring a website for a political candidate the other day and was rubbed the wrong way by a statement I read: “I hope to act as a role model for losing weight(I’ve got some lbs to drop)”. Why did this statement bother me? No, it was not the typo, these things happen. It was the fact that this was considered an issue in a political campaign. Who does this candidate want to be? The next Rob or Doug Ford? Ugh. I’m all for political figures setting a good example. However, I don’t think that weight, or weight loss, is relevant to a political campaign. Yes, it’s great if anyone wants to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. I just don’t care when it comes to an election campaign. How does your weight loss affect me as a citizen in your district? As a voter I don’t care how much you weigh. I want to know where you stand on issues like active transportation, greenbelting, city planning and design, and backyard chickens. Unless your weight loss plan includes changes to the built environment so that everyone will benefit I don’t want to hear about it in your campaign platform.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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