Diets Are a Lot Like Religion
May 13, 2015
In order to stick with something, you need to have faith it will work. So drawing a connection between dieting and religion makes intuitive sense. We often describe the Paleo-allegian or gluten-free as positively ‘evangelical,’ and many body image experts say that a person has to be able to envision himself ‘transformed’ in order for a lifestyle plan to work its magic. In a new book called ‘The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat,’ religion professor Alan Levinovitz draws connections between the way people think about faith and food, exploring concepts like making sense of life's chaos, belonging to a respected social group, and using moral language to talk about eating choices. Do you think there's a connection between true believers in the dietary and religious realms? What about your own perspective? Sound off in the comments below.