Shut Up, Dieters: It's Not Working, and You're Boring

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 2:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Enough about your diet already, Chloe Angyal writes on SpliceToday. It’s boring. “There is something about dieting that renders people unable to talk about anything but their diet, even to complete strangers who actually didn't ask and frankly don't care,” Angyal continues, and she knows what it is: “It's a sneaking suspicion that to cut out all but two food groups isn't particularly good for you, but that by convincing other people that your diet is a great idea, you'll eventually convince yourself, too.”

Angyal isn’t hot on dieting in general—it doesn’t work, she writes, and “the multi-billion dollar American dieting industry, which is selling a highly ineffective product, profits from our willingness to repeatedly buy that product.” And now, she realizes, it also “makes you boring,” to boot. “Surely there are real discussions we could be having, say, about government-run health care death panels and whether or not Barack Obama is really an American citizen.”