The Hunger Diaries Debate

7 years ago

http://projectsupermom.blogspot.com/2010/10/hunger-diaries-debate.html

So, there is quite a buzz in mommy-blogger land, about an article that recently appeared in Marie Claire magazine. The author, Katie Drummond, attended a Healthy Living Summit, that is hosted by six female, premier health, diet, and fitness bloggers. It seems, rather than showcasing these women's drive to spreading the message of health and wellness, Katie went down the opposite road, writing a rather scathing article on the flipside of this type of blogging.


http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/news/articles/health-blogger-controversy

 

Quick to want to back bloggers, I had my mind already made up and was ready to boycott Marie Claire forever (not that I am or have ever been a subscriber, but, you know...), as I sat down to read the article. What I discovered was that some intriquing ideas were presented about the images we bloggers present to our followers...to any of our readers, actually. I agree with several comments and follow-up articles and the responses of several of the six bloggers that were targeted, in that we bloggers are just sharing our views and our experiences...very few of us claim to be experts at all. But, although we may not intend to, are some of us inadvertently sending messages that could be easily misconstrued by our readers? Like, by writing about what we eat or sharing intense workout schedules, as nothing more than just a part of our day, because we're trying to lose weight or are training for a race or whatever, do we need to pause and consider that we are also adding pressure to our readers to be thin not healthy? Hmmm....

What that doesn't excuse, as one of the bloggers mentioned in her response letter, is the "bullying" from Marie Claire...to have been invited into the world of these bloggers, to sit among them, then to rip them to shreds without offering an open forum for discussion seems irresponsible. A community discussion forum on BlogHer noted that the cattiness of the article really is reflective of a growing, underlying fear among publications of the growing popularity and influence of the blogging community, slowly eroding the hold that written publications have on the public. Then, there is the obvious fact of a magainze, filled with articles and ads for diet tricks, trying to take any higher ground in the debate about extreme eating. Hmmmm....

What do you think?

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