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Created: April 28, 2003
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On Monday, April 28, 2003, Jennifer Glass wrote:
Subject: Obesity

Jeanne,
I enjoyed reading the article on obesity and structural context. Society does have a huge impact on our eating habits. I used to eat tons of junk food, but I recently decided to make a choice to eat healthier and exercise more. I didn't make this choice because I wanted to lose weight. I made this choice because I thought it was important for me to live a healthy lifestyle.

But this choice is very difficult for me because of society. Since I am thin, people assume that I must be anorexic if I am eating healthy and exercising. I find this very discouraging. If I am at a party, and I choose not to have a piece of cake because I am trying to eat better, people automatically think I have an eating disorder. So, I will usually just eat a piece of cake so I don't have to deal with it. I think it is a huge problem that society assumes if someone is eating healthy they are trying to lose weight. Can't I eat healthy because it is good for my heart and not because I'm trying to lose weight?
Jennifer Glass

On Monday, April 28, 2003, jeanne responded: Good point, Jennifer. This is about dominant discourse. The concept of dieting and obesity is floating in the air. And eating healthy is associated with dieting, particularly if it includes rejecting food.