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6th September 2003, 11:20 PM
Why is 'diet culture' popular? Why are we in the WEST especially obsessed with diet? I was reading a recent study of chickens in which their sublte social behaviour had been analysed. Apparently females will flock round the honest and brave males because they will clearly help them find food. It made me extrapolate an unpleasant explanation for certain human behaviour such as dieting. I came to the conclusion the world of hunger might be the result of decietful people pretending to have problems they don't and so deflecting the honest from their intent of looking after ALL. I'm not a great conveyer of ideas but I hope the notion is useful to someone brighter than me.
7th September 2003, 03:26 AM
That is preposterous. Do you really think that world hunger is the result of people in poor areas allowing some to die so that they can get aid from the "honest and brave" (:rolleyes: ) first world? You should check out Maslow's hierarchy of needs sometime. Food definitely comes before political considerations.
7th September 2003, 05:04 AM
I know it is a novel idea but that is my approach to life....I like novelty and playing around with ideas....don't worry your just reacting normally to a new idea....actually for a species to survive its politics must be about food....anything beyond that is useless...you can't get much nourishment from eating plastic.
7th September 2003, 02:47 PM
Everything in the gender choosing game is a big deception. Women in western cultures where there is no shortage of food, associate overweight with inactivity, greed, and advancing age. A thin body shows a person who is just out of childhood and fully active. These are subliminaly, not good indicators for a "breeding partner", so they become obsessive of becoming thin because, to us, it looks more youthful.
In Polynesian culture, where food might be more scarce, overweight men are prized. In India, I've seen many movie posters where the actors all looked a bit over their ideal weight.
But isn't everything a deception? Women put on lipstick to make themselves look as if they are sexually arroused at all times, (according to one theory). They are willing to undergo surgery to increase the size of certain parts of their bodies or decrease or tighten other parts, when they actually don't receive any physical benefit from the modifcations. Men go around wearing little "hair hats" (toupee) when they start losing their hair.
I find it interesting that many people from Northern climates try to darken their skin to look healthier, while people from more southern climates generally tend to make their skin a lighter shade. A friend has a theory that the practice either follows the trend of the wealthy, (avoiding the sun and hard labor -- compared to the recent trend of the wealthy being able to afford vacations in sunny places and developing tans).
7th September 2003, 09:19 PM
Not everything is deception....if it was the species would die out because the real world isn't an illusion. I believe all our human activity is to do with mating behaviour. The alpha male knows where the food is and is never going to deceive on this fact because it would reduce his chances of mating...I guess the alpha female in a 'intelligent' species like ours doesn't try to decieve so does not wear lipstick...she wants her offspring to survive and finding a alpha male is imperative for this. Perhaps most think honesty is a mugs game today but when the crops fail who is eating?
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