When reading the article about moderation, my first reaction was that moderation is definitely not having only one doughnut a week but having other sugary, junky foods the other days. Yes, maybe people feel good about only having one doughnut but that doesn’t make it moderation.
I definitely do not see myself in the example of the”not-very moderate week that ‘feels’ moderate” either. I do enjoy having somewhat of a sugary snack every once and awhile, like a cookie. But I do not treat myself every day of the week.
In my daily diet, I try my best to eat my greens and protein, while having little snacks throughout the day. In some cases, I do practice the “somewhat moderation” though as well. Nobody is perfect and we can’t always be healthy. Most of the time though I do eat healthy, because quite frequently whenever I do eat unhealthy foods I just feel sick and weak. So it is always good to make sure that we eat healthy foods and foods that will give us energy.
The beauty industry makes $160 billion a year globally. People will do strange things to pursue the ideal of beauty. From using Preparation H to reduce eye wrinkles to washing your hair with beer to add volume.
Beauty products are full of harmful chemicals. Parabens are widely used as a preservative in beauty products and prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Parabens are used in products such as shampoos, shaving products, moisturizers and/or makeup. Studies have linked parabens to an increased risk of breast cancer. Other experts have stated that when parabens are combined with other chemicals commonly found in beauty products they can become and dangerous carcinogen.
Another chemical commonly found in beauty products such as fragranced lotions, body wash, hair care products and nail polish are phthalates. These are known endocrine disruptors. This chemical can also be found in children’s toys, plastic packaging, and medical tubing. Some studies have also shown potential reproductive harm.
There is a disturbing and toxic beauty product marketed to women with darker skin tones, skin bleaching cream. Skin bleaching or skin lighting cream is a 10-billion-dollar market for American and European companies. Most of the individual ingredients found in these creams are banned throughout America and Europe due to health risks. But due to loopholes, these companies can still sell the cream itself. Long-term use of the product can increase the risk of skin cancer from sun exposure. WebMD warns about the potential risks of absorbing the steroids found in skin lighting creams. The site also states that is can cause an untreatable skin discoloration known as ochronosis. Dermatologists have reported treating many severe side effects from these products.
Parabens: a preservative used in beauty products to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
Phthalates: commonly used in the manufacture of plastics to make them stronger and more flexible.
Skin bleaching cream: a beauty product which reduces the melanin pigment in the skin.
The article, “Why “Everything in Moderation” Doesn’t Work” by Jonathan Ross, is a very thought-provoking article. It details the flaws behind the oversimplification of moderation, how that issue affects our relationship with food, and the false nature of the term superfood. This article hit rather close to home for me, my fiancé was recently diagnosed with diabetes during a recent hospital stay and we have been attending diabetes courses to understand what exactly this means for him. The two instructors are a dietician and a nutritionist, and the one thing that they repeat to everyone, multiple times, is that they can eat anything they want as long as it is in moderation. I had never thought too much on this term, just went with the general idea of not eating an excess of anything. I am guilty of thinking of food in terms of good or bad choices, many consumers are these days, but that thinking is flawed. Categorizing food as good or bad can cultivate an unhealthy relationship with food that does us more harm than good as consumers. Since my fiancé was diagnosed we have been watching our nutritional intake very carefully and trying to pursue a healthier lifestyle. The proposed diet is something that I could not see myself doing. I like to eat healthy foods, I have gotten used to it and whenever I eat unhealthy or heavy greasy food I end up feeling sick. I would say that my definition of moderation does need some work though, I do not think I am at risk of chronic disease, but it is very easy to head in that direction. Consumers are constantly bombarded with ads centered around junk food and it is very easy to rationalize moderation to oneself as the article demonstrates. I plan to pursue this aspect of consumer health further as it could be beneficial for not only myself, but also for my fiancé. I believe the best place to start would be to keep a food journal for myself and see exactly what I am eating everyday as this will allow me to monitor if I am actually practicing moderation in a healthy form or not.