I have been reading Gary Taubes’ book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage). Taub brings up some interesting points. Many of the things we assume about weight are not proven by the scientific studies. In fact, the complete failure of any studies to show either strong negative or positive associations may mean we are not even asking the right questions.
It makes me think about all the assumptions we make about a variety of illnesses. Many people are just not able to “get over” something. I think in these cases rather than blaming the person, we ought to put the blame on the science. If it doesn’t help the vast majority of people, then why do we keep trying it as if it should work? Why don’t we start asking new questions.
I was struck by how many of the questions Taub suggests that we ask about weight control are actually addressed in acupuncture theory. Perhaps if we started looking at the whole person rather than their parts we might start asking the correct questions. Further, we need to realize that living things are not machines. The energy of their emotions creates a unique environment within each body so that the same diet and life can produce different changes in two otherwise equal people.
If you are blaming yourself for your illness or your weight, maybe you want to think again. Maybe the right questions haven’t even been asked about your condition. I think we always need to keep fighting, but blame does us no good at all.