The insanity of ‘food addiction’ must surely be plain for all to see. It’s no different to ‘breathing addiction’ or an addiction to not being dead. Obviously ridiculous.
The food industry see this absurdity and take great pains to point it out. If eating signifies an addiction then we are all food addicts. If eating certain foods over others signifies an addiction then again, we are all addicts. Everyone has foods they really like to eat and other foods they don’t like so much – and everyone has a food they really don’t want to eat at all. This preference means you are addicted. If you were not addicted you would eat all foods with equal preference.
It’s patently rubbish and everyone with half a brain can see it’s rubbish, as is the ‘science’ behind it all, but the food industry will not win against the zealots for one simple reason, and it’s stated in that article.
(I can’t cut and paste directly from the site, I hope this is readable, perhaps with a click)
The definition of addiction, as Rose pointed out a while back, was changed in 1994 so that smoking could be classed as an addiction. It could not have been so classified with the true definition, the old one. That change meant that any repeated habit, anything you do just because you like doing it, can be classed as an addiction. Anything at all.
As long as that new definition of addiction is in place, any repeated behaviour in any circumstance at all can be classed as an addiction. Including food consumption.
The only way to get rid of the ‘food addiction’ idiots is to change the definition back to what it was before – but that would relegate smoking from ‘addiction’ back to mere ‘bad habit’ alongside nosepicking and arsescratching (which, under the new definition, are also addictions). It would once again become something that some people disapprove of, but nothing at all to do with the medical fraternity nor their Pharmers.
As long as the food industry, the drink industry, the hospitality industry and all the others who thought they were safe when ‘they came for the smokers’ continue to support the denormalisation programme aimed at smokers, they are doomed to lose. They will experience the same denormalisation programme and they cannot win – because the only way to stop this is to roll it back to the beginning and stop it at the source. Reverse the change made to that definition of ‘addiction’ and it all stops. Keep the new definition because you want to keep calling smokers addicts, and it will never stop.
It’s up to you, food industry. I don’t care whether this juggernaut stops or not, it’s already rolled over me anyway. I might as well sit back and watch it roll over the rest.
To put the Pastor’s old rhyme in a different perspective…
First they came for the smokers, and I was a smoker, and nobody spoke up for me.
Then they came for the food industry and I thought ‘Fuck you, you left me to suffer, now it’s your turn’.
Then they came for… well the rest is all the same really. Only the name of the industry or hobby changes. The method does not change.
See, every time the Righteous turn on a new target it takes a tiny bit of pressure off we smokers. So if they want to bang on about the amount of sugar in jam (we can grow tobacco and make booze, jam shouldn’t be a problem) or whether Halal should be EU-standardised (get extra popcorn in for that one, it’s Righteous vs. Righteous in the main arena) or whether child buggies should have airbags, side impact bars, independent suspension and L-plates, or anything else, it’s all time they are spending not bashing their primary target – me.
When the good Pastor Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller wrote his verse using all the letters of his name and a few spare ones he found behind the couch, his perspective was from that of the last one on the list.
My perspective is that of the first one on the list. I do not have the guilt of being the one who did not speak out. I have the rage of being the one abandoned by all the other groups.
So when the food industry moan about the same template applied to them as has been, and still is, applied to me, I feel no urge to help them out. None at all. When they came for me, the food industry did not speak out.
Now they have come for the food industry, all I plan to do is laugh as I watch the same template unfold. Sure, the smokers could warn them. We can predict what comes next. We’ve seen it several times over. We can arm them with all they need to be ready for the next stage.
But I say we don’t. Let them feel how it feels. Let them go through the things they were happy to let us go through. Let them feel the isolation and the hate and the spite. Let them suffer.
Rolling back halfway will not work. Pushing the Righteous to leave food alone might work for a while but not for long. You have to push them all the way back to the start. Right back past that first line of ‘First they came for…’
The industries and the drones are not ready for that. they still love to hate smokers. Well, the Panjandrum Wheel rolled past this way some time ago, the fireworks it left are still going off but they are less frequent and more like comical ‘poppers’ these days. They will get less and less as the Wheel rolls over its new targets with its full power of new fireworks and each new target will react with surprise and dismay, They helped to start it rolling, why is it coming for them now?
Smokers, the ones you lot rolled it over first, told you it would roll your way one day. You didn’t listen then. Are you listening now?
Doesn’t matter. We’ve given up talking to you.
Food industry, I would say ‘good luck’ to you but I wouldn’t really mean it.