diet culture
July 18, 2003 04:22 PM

I think I've finally seen weight prejudice at work in my office.

The Atkins diet trend is belatedly hitting most of the management team around me. Working lunches are now meat salads (which, alright, I'm okay with) and diet Coke (which is, just admit it, disgusting) for these guys.

And they talk about it, pretty much any time food is in front of them. It's strange, watching these otherwise confident middle-aged men and women enumerating what they can and can't eat and confessing their biscuit lapses. Not just strange. Uncomfortable.

Is the implication of managers doing this en masse that one must be fixated on food and thinness in order to manage? To be promoted? Well, I guess not. But it does feel a little like hostile-environment-ness, from a harassment law perspective.

Then again, I guess being fat or the existence of candy in the office could be construed as creating a hostile environment for the dieters.

Still. I wonder that it's considered perfectly appropriate to talk about one's diet in mixed (dieting/not dieting) work company, but not appropriate to talk about things like politics.

And while I'm slightly discomfited, I haven't the slightest clue how to get people to stop talking about their infernally boring diets. If they were my friends and not my coworkers or people who are in some slight way the boss of me, I'd either tell them all about my diet, constantly, or just flat out insist they shut up.

And they would. I have that effect on people.

For something slightly related, check out the commentary on BFB's Atkins post.

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I don't think the Atkin's diet is actually safe though, I mean, the creator of the diet himself died of heart disease, which would probably more or less have to do with his larger intake of meat..?

these are the thoughts of Prue on July 19, 2003 04:40 AM

Atkins didn't die of heart disease, though. He broke his hip or something similar. He basically died by falling.

I suspect that Atkins is neither more nor less dangerous than any other diet. That's not saying much, as my experience of dieting is that it's generally neither effective nor safe.

these are the thoughts of april on July 19, 2003 11:29 AM

I too have found that the Atkins' Diet is taking off amongst men - it almost seems like it's the "diet that's okay for GUY guys!" because it's so meat-based.

And like you, I've heard very interesting discussions on it - food-related fixations that I haven't heard from men in quite some time - if ever.

these are the thoughts of Paul on July 19, 2003 04:19 PM

I think it is a little bit hard on your kidneys. I can't remember why but it has to do with how hard the body has to work to get the energy it needs.
But I don't really know.
Because the peaches are just too good right now. And I hafta eat them.
I think this is about having a hostile environment in the work place but I don't know how you could fight that fight in the current climate of fat hatred.

these are the thoughts of Tish on July 21, 2003 01:07 AM

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