This is episode 6 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we go in-depth on the psychology of dieting. First, we’ll be talking about hidden obstacles that keep all of us from getting off the rollercoaster. Next, we touch on the logical fallacies that diet gurus use, usually unintentionally, sometimes intentionally.
The 3rd section is about the Guru Mentality and then we close out with some ideas on avoiding these pitfalls that we all fall victim to from time to time.
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Episode 6 Overview
Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:
- Hidden Obstacles
- Diet as identity
- Sanctifying and demonizing foods
- Not understanding cause and effect
- Widespread misinformation on overweight/obesity
- Unaware of low blood sugar to binge cycles
- Unresolved trauma causing eating disorders
- Quick fix mentality
- Logical fallacies of the diet world
- Confirmation bias
- In-group bias
- Attribution bias & no-cebo/placebo
- Current Moment Bias
- Straw Man
- No True Scotsman
- Projection Bias
- Proof by verbosity
- Confusing correlation and causation
- The Guru mentality & the Guru circle
- How to avoid these issues
A Bowl of Ice Cream & Some Good Links
The Power of Influence by Robert Cialdini is an excellent primer on marketing.
We joked about Bill Hicks’ take on marketers. Here is the video, but be warned, it’s not safe for work or kids.
This wasn’t mentioned in the show, but Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s talk on UFOs is an excellent overview of the psychology people use when encountered with unknown phenomena. Much of this fits into the diet world too.
For more logical fallacies, most of which are used in the diet industry, check out Your Logical Fallacy Is.