Reader's Digest, for its well-meaning but shamefully one-sided advice on how to avoid compulsive overeating. In fact, this could be a primer for how to induce an eating disorder.
Blog reader Deborah Lee brought this to my attention, and points out a couple of items on this top 10 list that really bugged her:
"3. Never, ever buy a snack at gas stations, drugstores, or discount chains.
4. Never, ever stop at a food store just to buy a snack."
Writes Lee, "While I understand the sentiment in these statements, and it may be sound advice in principle, this sort of black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking is what eating disorders thrive on, and is completely unnecessary."
I'm with you on this, Deborah. Of course Reader's Digest is just one of many media outlets that get this way wrong. Especially in this season, when the default assumption is that we're all trying to lose weight and need "tips" like these. Open just about any women's magazine right now and you'll see headlines like "How to Stick to Your Diet,""Want to lose weight? Be sure not to skip breakfast," and a host of other ridiculous headlines.
I'm looking forward to a year that started without a lot of advice on how to lose weight--and focused instead on creating a healthy and joyful relationship with food, exercise, love, work, and all the other pleasures of being a human being.
How about it?