Breaking down “The Naked Truth About Fitness” by Barbara Ehr

Breaking down “The Naked Truth About Fitness” by Barbara Ehr

In her Essay, “The Naked Truth About Fitness,” Barbara Ehrenriech differentiates between “Health” and “Healthism”. She points out that being healthy is ok but when it takes over your life, it can become a “Health-Craze” obsession. Ehrenriech wants to point out that “Health” is or should be a natural goal whereas “Healthism” is an obsession that drives you to victimizing. She thinks that we should be concerned about health but she has a problem when it takes control over your life. Ehrenriech is not against people trying to be healthy, she says it herself that “health is good”. She does not completely favor health nor is she completely against it. Therefore, when Jane Smith says “she’s against people who care about how they look and feel”, she is absolutely wrong. It shows that Jane Smith has not read Ehrenriech’s essay accurately. First, she shows us the difference by taking us back to history and pointing out the era of “Health-and-Fitness” craze. Second, she shows us how we start to blame individuals and their lifestyles. And, last but not least she shows us how “Healthism” has changed our lives. Ehrenriech’s first attempt to show us the starting point of the “Health-and Fitness” is when she points out that everything from our breakfast to what we wear, to how we look has become an moral issue. We are caught up in wanting “to do the right” thing that we deflect attention from the more important goals in life. According, to Ehrenriech “our own health-and-fitness” craze began in another period of economic anxiety “? the 1970s, when the economy slid into “stagflation” and college degree suddenly ceased to guarantee a career above the cab-driving level”. The shift in economy has left us desperately seeking for new ways to get in shape. Ehrenriech points out that we spend nearly $5 billion a year in health clubs, $2 billion on vitamins, and $1 billion on sneakers to wear d…


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