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March 26 2014

One News Now: The real reason you can't stick to a diet? Guess what ... it's you

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An author and commentator argues that something is missing from a list of people who could "wreck your diet."

The article from Health.com doesn't mention that you could be the reason you are wrecking your diet. Instead, Health.com says it could be a best friend, a food critic, or even a cake-baking coworker.

Julie Gunlock, director of the Culture of Alarmism Project at the Independent Women's Forum, responds tongue-in-cheek: "Isn't this kind of this website, Health.com, to offer us 11 reasons why our diet hasn't worked – rather than the real reason, [which] is you don't have enough self-control and ability to stick to your diet?"

Gunlock says when it comes to dieting everyone has good days and bad days – but that these kinds of articles are "designed to relieve you of personal responsibility."

"It's not your fault, it's the insecure spouse, they say; the food critic, the sports fan, the workout partner, the easily insulted family member," she comments to OneNewsNow. "[Granted], it doesn't help you to hang out with people who are constantly ordering the double burger and fries at lunch; but again, people know that if you want to stick to a good diet, you need to get moderate exercise and eat right."

Last year, a similar article from "upwave" claimed that air pollution, car dependence and antibiotics were some of the things feeding obesity.

Independent Women's Forum is an educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities. IWF is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Voice.​
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