30 Apr '14, 4pm

5 Signs That Your Diet Is A ‘Diet Cult’

5 Signs That Your Diet Is A ‘Diet Cult’

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Many popular diets have cult-like features. This is no accident. Food has always been more than mere sustenance for humans. It is also a source of social and moral identity. Since as far back as the Kosher dietary laws of the ancient Hebrews (and probably much earlier), human beings have formed group identities and derived a sense of moral superiority from eating by strict rules. This instinct has become so deeply ingrained in human nature that, according to research by Yale psychologist Karen Wyn, infants as young as three months old express disapproval of others who seem not to share their food preferences. Ostensibly, most modern diets are all about health. But in fact they are just as much about group identity and moral judgment as were the diets of the past. If your diet has the following five characteristics, it is what I call a...

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