Do You Diet Out Of Fear? – A Health Blog

Food scientist Danielle Robertson on dieting and fear


Fear can be a powerful motivator. If you were afraid your poor health would prevent you from walking your daughter down the aisle, you’d probably be more motivated to eat healthy and workout. Sometimes fear seems like the only way to get a message through to your teenager, but as most parents can testify, fear doesn’t always work. When fear is used to motivate diet decisions there are three major outcomes to consider.

When fear has a positive effect

An infographic told me that my body would resemble that of a drug addict one hour after drinking this product. This is diet advice by fear, and while I said so in the comments section of that web article, no one else seemed to notice the lack of credible sources for the infographic’s bold claims. I suppose the goal is to scare people not to drink this product, and for some people, this tactic works.

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