26 Sep

There was an item on television (The One Show, I think) recently in which a doctor suggested that making critical comments about diet to overweight people might be counter-productive.

His thesis was that people react against the intention of genuine criticism and if they are obese and get told to cut down on their food intake or else they actually gain more weight.

It got me thinking and I suddenly realised that it makes sense in quite a few other fields of human behaviour.

Take religion (any religion, I don’t care which, they’re all based on fiction) and suggest to a believer that there might be something wrong with their belief and that they’re cuckoo for holding it then the tendency might be to make them believe more. And if the objective of criticism is to wipe the curse of false belief from the face of the Earth in the certain knowledge that the planet will be a happier place once it’s been eradicated, the suggestion might encourage belief and not go someway to erasing it for good.

So if some Christian or Muslim comes on this piece I might actually by encouraging them to pray more devoutly than ever.

There’s no winning, is there?


5 Responses to “FOOD FOR THOUGHT….”

  1. slpsharon September 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    We agree.

  2. pambrittain September 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    I’ve always been slim, and for some reason everyone thinks it’s okay to constantly tell me about it. These are people that would never make a comment to someone overweight—that would be rude.

    • Peter Rogerson September 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

      Size, at the end of the day, doesn’t matter. Very skinny and obese are possibly equally unhealthy. My point was if the doctor got it right, that nagging a person about his/her weight is unproductive, so might nagging people about a whole range of thingsbe unproductive.

      • pambrittain September 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

        But, if I hadn’t nagged at you to post here, you wouldn’t have, and it would have been my loss.

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