Recently while on a team trip, I couldn’t help but notice a female teammate (and close friend of mine) decided to take a pass on our traditional post-meet bus pizza. Typically I wouldn’t think anything of this, but I had just read an article in Cosmo (magazines sort of float around the bus) minutes before that discussed the meteoric rise of gluten free diets and why they were so popular. The article argued that the driving force behind many of the diet decisions for females was the immunity that they developed from social and cultural pressure. Using this frame of mind, my teammate’s decision made much more sense. Had she decided to tell people that she just didn’t want to eat pizza to avoid unhealthy life choices, she would’ve been labeled a diva, high maintenance, etc., but if she claims that she has a legitimate food allergy then she can just avoid the judgment all together.
The fact that women and men are forced to resort to this shows how twisted our society is, at least with regard to food. People are being “food shamed” for making healthy choices and rewarded for making bad ones. This backwardness is most likely related to why the western world (particularly America) has such a problem with obesity.